How Microsoft Quietly Killed Xbox One’s 4-Year Life Cycle without Telling Fans


Get ready to spend money on another new console next holiday 2017!

Nearly three years into the life cycles of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and some fans in the gaming world felt a $300-$400 purchase for a new console wasn’t worth an investment.

With constant delays for notable franchises (see: Grand Theft Auto 6) and newer IPs feeling rushed, developers may finally have a proper way of developing high-end video games.

This means, the maximum graphical edge PC has had over consoles, may be coming to an end. Last weekend, Microsoft revealed they were officially readying an Xbox One spin-off cycle, Scorpio. Well, the mystery system is essentially an entirely new console – given its internal system specs.

The Scorpio is set to run six times faster than current Xbox One devices, as most gamers will notice an immediate jump when it hits stores holiday 2017. Initially, the launch graphical leap from Xbox 360 to the One was very impressive; but with major titles still feeling unpolished two and three years into its life-cycle, we’re not sure consumers are interested in a new console right now.

PS4 PS4K Neo Xbox One Project Scorpio
CPU Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 1.6GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz Eight cores, speculation: up-clocked Jaguar or equivalent
GPU 18 Radeon GCN compute units at 800MHz 36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz 12 GCN compute units at 853MHz Speculation: 56/60 GCN compute units at 800-850MHz
Memory 8GB GDDR5 at 176GB/s 8GB GDDR5 at 218GB/s 8GB DDR3 at 68GB/s and 32MB ESRAM at max 218GB/s Over 320GB/s bandwidth – speculation: 12GB of GDDR5

As we stated previously, the Scorpio is set to run six times faster than the current-gen console. The system has a jaw-dropping implement of a 6 teraflop GPU, 8 CPU cores and over 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. With the help of AMD pushing the limits of VR and native 4K for all video games, titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 releasing this fall, will look last-gen in comparison.

Yes, those two titles will look extremely dated when the Scorpio arrives to retailers later next year. Much like the Xbox 360, Microsoft has stated numerous times that the Xbox One will still receive support, but it essentially becomes a downgraded and outdated console after only four years.

Now, most consumers will not be looking to invest in an entirely new next-gen system after its 2013 release; but the graphical leap will leave some of you with no choice than to take the next jump.

The most important thing in regards to purchasing a Scorpio, is that you will indeed need a 4K HDTV. This means you’ll have until fall 2017 to decide whether or not you want to stick with the Xbox One Slim unit releasing in August or invest in well over $1,500 on a new TV before next year.

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Table Chart Specs: Eurogamer

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