At the end of Microsoft’s pretty awesome press conference for E3, they announced that Project Scorpio is in development. Microsoft boasts that the new console will be the most powerful gaming console ever built with 4K gaming and a whopping 6 Teraflops (Don’t worry if you don’t know what a teraflop is, we’ll get to that). The company showed a video with many notable game developers saying that this console is indeed really powerful and that they will be able to develop games like never before. Seems really cool, right?
What are Teraflops?
Essentially a teraflop is a measurement of computer speed equal to 1 million million (10 to the 12 power) operations per second. That’s INSANE! To give you an understanding of what 6 Teraflops looks like, check this out:
Teraflops Per Console:
- Xbox One: 1.32 Teraflops
- PS4: 1.84 Teraflops
- PS4 Neo: 4.14 Teraflops
- Xbox Scorpio: 6 Teraflops
Clearly, the Scorpio, if these numbers from Polygon are correct, will be by far the most power gaming console out there.
Why I Won’t get a Xbox Scorpio
- Xbox keeps saying they won’t leave Xbox One owners behind.
It seems that Microsoft is making a big deal about making sure that all games that are released for the Xbox One are released for Scorpio and vice versa. This is probably because the Xbox One is only a few years old, so Microsoft needs to make sure they don’t let Xbox One owners feel shafted. Its safe to say that the Xbox One still has a lot of games.
- Most of the Xbox exclusives will come to PC.
Through the Xbox Play Anywhere feature, now if you buy a game digitally, you’ll be able to play the games on both the latest Xbox console or Windows 10. Which basically says most of these games are coming to PC.
- Why buy a console when you can build a powerful PC?
I’m pretty much on the PC bandwagon at this point. Although building a PC will be more expensive than a console up front, a good PC can last for quite awhile. The nice thing is, when the next generation of games come out and need more powerful computing power, you can just upgrade your video card or your CPU and you’ll probably be good to go. Plus, you can get much better graphics on a PC than you can on any console (even the Scorpio).
- Having a Scorpio will require a 4K TV.
Phil Spencer himself said in an interview that he doesn’t see a point to buying a Scorpio if you don’t have a 4K TV. While I don’t think 4K gaming is all that the Scorpio will bring, he makes an interesting point. How many people at this point have a 4K TV? And if not, do they have enough money to buy a Scorpio and a 4K TV.
- I’d rather buy a PS4 “Neo” than Scorpio for the exclusive games.
Sony’s HUGE press conference showed off a lot of exclusive games coming only to PlayStation. That being said, if I had to pick between these 2 consoles, I’d have to go with the Neo just for the PS exclusives, since it is unlikely those will come to PC.
I’m sure there are some of you that will disagree with this post, and that’s fine! But make your opinion known! Are you planning on buying a Xbox Scorpio? Let us know in the comments below!