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Microsoft built an Xbox Scorpio for developers, and it features 24 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD
More tasty tidbits of information on the Xbox Scorpio are out. Microsoft’s upcoming mid-generation refresh and the most powerful console in the world now has a face.
Last week, Microsoft took the wraps off the Xbox Scorpio console and showed off its best feature, the new hardware. The updated console promised to be 3-4 times as fast as the console it replaces. It offers a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM, a GPU having 40 compute units and clocked at 1172 MHz and a 1 TB HDD.
The design of the new console wasn’t revealed, however.
The Scorpio dev kit with previous Xbox dev kits in the background
Gamasutra found themselves in the enviable spot of getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Xbox Scorpio dev kit. The dev kit is a special, developer friendly version of the Scorpio that app and game developers can purchase for the development of their games.
Interestingly, the dev kit is actually way more powerful than the actual console. While most of the hardware remains the same, the dev kit gets 4 extra compute units, an additional 12 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD to go with the existing 1 TB HDD. The dev kit also gets a beefier, 330 W internal power supply to fulfill the device’s power requirements.
I don’t know about you, but now I’m more intrigued about the dev kit than I am about the actual console.
Microsoft did release images of the new console, and I have to admit, it’s already Microsoft’s best-looking console.
A whole wall of Scorpio dev kits. Can we have one Microsoft? Please? Pretty please?
Now this isn’t the actual Scorpio console, but it does hint at the design language Microsoft intends to use. The two-tone black and white finish looks particularly appealing and the small, neat buttons are very reminiscent of high-end audio equipment.
With a design like this, the console will comfortably fit into any living room TV unit.
Now where can I get my hands on one?