Saturday, 7 January 2017

Can the Xbox Two Really Afford True 4K Gaming?

Xbox Two: Microsoft announced the Xbox Project Scorpio, commonly believed to be the Xbox Two, at their E3 event in June, 2016. And if all goes well, we should be able to see the massively upscaled gaming console by the end of 2017. One of the reasons why the Xbox 2 is among the most awaited devices of 2017 is because it promises upgrades in many major departments, but part of the mysticism surrounding it stems from the fact that we know so little about it. The fact remains, however, that Microsoft is finally affording itself the opportunity to make amends for all that was wrong with the launch of the Xbox One. The latter may have turned out to be successful eventually, but many of the features that Microsoft promised did not quite make their way into the 2013 console. But with Xbox Two, the focus is on delivering a true 4K gaming experience. And in terms of the sheer technological standpoint, this should not be too difficult for the tech giant to execute. So maybe, in the Xbox Two, we will see some massive upgrades under the hood. So let's take a look at the insides of the upcoming console.

More Powerful Console along with True 4K Gaming Experience
One of the very few things that we actually know about the Xbox Two is that it will come with support for 4K gaming and VR, with both of these areas being the core technological focus during present times. Xbox chief Phil Spencer even hinted that the new console will only be meant only for those with 4K TVs. For this purpose, the Xbox Two will reportedly come with a whopping 6 teraflops of GPU power. But ever since this announcement, Microsoft has come under a lot of flak from their competitors, especially PlayStation creators Sony. According to the latter, the minimum requirement to support true native 4K is 8 teraflops, which is a lot bigger than what Microsoft has suggested.
However, it is important to understand that delivering the promised experience is not only dependent on the GPU, and there is a lot more that will go into it. And that is where the question comes in: what will the Xbox Two be actually powered by?
On the GPU side, the Xbox Two aims to put the Xbox One's 1.3 teraflops of graphics processing power to shame. But what is even more interesting is that we can expect the new console to be 4.5 times as powerful as the Xbox One, meaning it will come with a significant boost in terms of its CPU. We already know that the new Xbox Two will have an octa-core CPU. much like the Xbox One, so how exactly will it handle the kind of power that Microsoft has promised? Significantly, AMD found no mention at the announcement event of the Xbox Two, and their new architecture SoC is expected to be released in 2018. So are we to think that Microsoft will adopt something new for the upcoming console?
One of the most interesting speculations that this fact has given rise to is that Microsoft could adopt a custom chip for the Xbox Two, much like what Nintendo has done with the Switch. This could certainly be a possibility, though we have really got to wait and see how it all goes.
Xbox Two Release Date
It is currently believed that the Xbox Two will be released by the end of 2017, but that leaves a rather large release window for the upcoming console. However, going by the earlier release pattern of the Xbox series and taking the associated term "Scorpio" as a hint, we'd say that a November 2017 release for the Xbox Two looks possible. 

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