The PS4 Neo specs have been known for a while now but now it seems the new upgraded Xbox or the ‘Xbox Scorpio’ as the codename it goes by is now also set for release in 2017. Rumours point to Neo making it out before the end of they year with Microsoft’s upgrade coming in 2017. The question on people’s minds is which will be the more powerful upgrade? Well, let’s try and figure that out.
Update: Polygon have since shared new information suggesting that Xbox Scorpio will have around 6 Tflops vs Neo’s 4.11 Tflops
It appears that the PS4 Neo will actually be powerful enough for resolutions of upwards of 2k natively and even 4k with upscaling technology. Thanks to EuroGamer the exact specs of the machine became widely known. The report says the PS4.5 will use the same CPU as the PS4, but each of its eight Jaguar cores will be clocked to 2.1GHz instead of 1.6GHz – a boost of 1.3. At the same time, the memory will go up from 8GB GDDR5 at 176GB/sec to the same amount of memory at a faster 218GB/sec – enough for a 24% increase in bandwidth.
This is a poweful enough machine to power games at a 1080p minimum for every single game on the system (This is what Sony were talking about when they said ‘greatness awaits’… right?) With the competition’s Xbox One machine already the machine known to struggle with hitting this 1080p native resolution as often as the base PS4, it seems that the Xbox One would find itself even further behind, and by quite a large deal, by the time that the PS4K/Neo hits the market. Even more interestingly, even games previously released can be patched with a ‘Neo’ mode before October of this year to take advantage of the PS4 Neo’s extra power, something that would make already ‘superior’ PS4 ports even better.
Conversely, today we heard rumours surrounding an ‘Xbox Scorpio’ thanks to Kotaku.
According to Kotaku,
Microsoft will release a more powerful version of their premiere console.” “The 2017 Xbox, which is codenamed Scorpio, will have a more powerful GPU” “We hear that it will also be technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift and that Microsoft is pursuing a partnership with Oculus.”
We already know that the foundation is there for a partnership between Microsoft and Oculus with their deal ensuring that the Xbox One controller will be included with every Oculus Rift, Xbox One games will be playable on Oculus Rift and that The Rift will work natively with Windows 10 to make it easy to set up, jump in, and have an incredible VR gaming experience. Combined with DirectX 12 technology that unlocks the full capabilities of new Windows 10 graphics hardware, made-for-VR games on Windows 10 will have the fastest frame rates and top performance.
From this then we may be able to speculate some of the specs of this Xbox Scorpio.
The recommended settings for using the Rift are as follows:
NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
2x USB 3.0 ports
Windows 7 SP1 or newer
As it stands, an AMD 290 might struggle to run 4K native games but could run some smaller games at a 4K resolution providing the game isn’t too graphically demanding.
We know that the PS4 Neo will feature 36 CU Polaris GPU with more than 4.19 TFLOPs of horsepower it seems AMD will also supply 14nm based processors to the console manufacturers for increased performance per watt gains. VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive – both of which have the 2160 @90fps standard simply cannot run on current hardware so it’s reasonable to see why we’re getting new hardware.
However, with the Xbox Scorpio coming some time after the Neo (which is planned to release this year) and the fact that Xbox may be partnering with Oculus to bring VR support then perhaps it’s reasonable to make the assumption that the Xbox upgrade will in face be larger and more powerful than the PS4 Neo in order to facilitate Oculus Rift Support.
Which do you think will be more powerful? Are you excited for VR on consoles? Let us know by leaving a comment below.