E3 2017 is right around the corner, and already Microsoft is preparing itself to deliver an impressive showing come June 11. The star of the show will likely be Project Scorpio, the company’s newest video game system dubbed as the most powerful ever made.
We know the hardware specs of the console, something Microsoft is not shy about. It stands to have six teraflops of GPU power and 12GB of RAM, with 8GB being available for video games. The overall performance makes it 40 percent stronger than the PlayStation 4 Pro, which is kind of interesting from a technical standpoint.
What about the design of the console?
Microsoft hasn’t revealed much about the final design, but the company has shown off the developer kit. We first saw it a month ago, and just recently after the Xbox YouTube channel made the developer kit the focus of one of its video.
In the video, we have Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and Kevin Gammill from the Xbox engineering team. Both men discuss the developer kit and the differences to the retail machine. The main difference from our perspective, is likely the power, as the developer kit has double the RAM and double the GPU power of the retail product.
Not to mention, it comes with several buttons and ports not found on the consumer version. In terms of the design, Microsoft did not say much about it, but if history is anything to go by, the developer kit and the retail product will likely be more or less the same.
Project Scorpio to have LCD screen?
We noticed that while Larry Hryb was talking with Mr. Gammill, he mentioned the LCD screen on the Scorpio developer kit. According to Mr. Hryb, Project Scorpio’s developer kit is different from the regular version. He went on to mention different buttons, but then he said “different display,” and that got us thinking.
We’re not certain if Mr. Hryb made a mistake with the way he worded his sentence, but we can help but say it suggests the retail version of the video game console will have an LCD display. If this is indeed the case, then we’d love to find out what Microsoft has planned for such a small screen.
Is Microsoft so confident in the performance of the next Xbox that it is willing to add a small screen for gamers to view information about a game’s frames per second? Maybe, or it could just be a tiny screen for showing controller battery life among other essential things.
We would prefer if the display doesn’t make it to the console. It would serve no real purpose, and might probably increase the cost of the console more than anything else. Yes, the software giant wants to deliver a premium product, but one needs to bear in mind that a premium video game console still needs to hit the right price point for mass market appeal.
With so much about the console out of the way, we hope Microsoft takes the majority of its E3 2017 press conference time to talk about the games.