Let’s look at what teraflop means for Project Scorpio, how Xbox One S will fare, and why people are standing between the thin line between love and hate for the Xbox One.
The E3 2016 has been a crazy week for the gaming community, with tons after tons of information, releases, and previews flooding the floor and the streaming sites. And now after the storm that is the E3 2016 have subsided, we can already breathe a little more carefully and digest, bit by bit, what in the world Microsoft is thinking for the Xbox One.
During the presentation of Xbox One during the E3 2016, we were welcomed by two new upcoming additions to our Xbox gaming arsenal: the Xbox One S and the Project Scorpio.
The Xbox One Slim or Xbox One S will be a slimmer and smaller version of the current Xbox One console by at least 40 percent. What’s exciting about the Xbox One S is that if you have yet to pick up an Xbox One and are planning to do so in the next couple of months, purchasing the Xbox One Slim should be your option since it comes with a load of upgrades:
Xbox One S is not just slimmer and sleeker. We also worked hard to add some exciting new features for video and gameplay. You’ll now be able to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD video, with content from partners like Netflix and Amazon Video. Xbox One S also offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming, so you can experience richer, more luminous colors in games.
The Xbox One S comes with a newly designed Xbox Wireless Controller featuring textured grip for enhanced comfort. We improved the Xbox Wireless signal performance to give you a more reliable wireless connection to the console and up to twice the wireless range when used with Xbox One S. To enable easier wireless connection to your Windows 10 devices, we also added Bluetooth support.
In addition to these, the Xbox One S will have a special launch edition where the hard drive can get as huge as 2 TB!
But while all of these information about the Xbox One S sounds great, a lot of analysts and critics are laughing at Microsoft’s move to announce the Xbox One S alongside the Project Scorpio at the E3. Project Scorpio is said to be the monster of gaming consoles, coming to the market by 2017. The practical approach to Xbox One consoles then, if you have yet to purchase one, is to wait for the Project Scorpio to release and get that one instead of the Xbox One Slim. It’s just a couple of months away, anyway, right?
Watch the E3 2016 trailer of the Scorpio below.
Speaking to investors, a DFC analyst notes the following.
“If there were many Xbox 360, Wii U and even PlayStation 4 consumers interested in an Xbox One this holiday season they have now been told to wait until Scorpio arrives in 2017. Microsoft can only hope that the buzz around Project Scorpio goes away soon but with the cat out of the bag that is unlikely.”
But it seems Microsoft is trying to provide all these gaming hardware for consumers to be able to give people options. If people have more options, then people will be more likely to get attracted to your brand.
Are you planning to get an Xbox One but have yet to decide if you’ll wait for the Scorpio to launch instead? Well Microsoft said Project Scorpio will be a monster, dubbed as “the most powerful console ever created.” A Microsoft press release reveals it comes “with six teraflops of GPU enabling a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high fidelity virtual reality.”
How exactly does Microsoft plan to deliver this huge sales pitch? CBC News goes the extra mile and explains what six teraflops will mean to gamers in the most noob-friendly way possible.
” ‘Flops’ is short for ‘floating point operations per second.’ Tera is a prefix for one trillion, so a device with six teraflops can make six trillion operations per second.
“The more flops your computer can process, the more polygons it can draw on the screen. More polygons allows a designer to create more complex images.”
To understand how awesome six teraflops really is, we have to put it beside the current Xbox console. The current Xbox One can deliver up to 1.32 teraflops of power. Reports are coming in that the PlayStation 4 Neo, albeit yet to be released, will be able to deliver up to 4.14 teraflops. Which means a 6-teraflop capacity for the Scorpio is going to be crazy and it will really become the leader in raw graphic-processing power.
A lot of the power of the Scorpio are geared towards delivering 4K and virtual reality gaming. With the Oculus Rift and Hololens getting prepped for the Xbox One consoles, it will be exciting to see what kind of gaming experience the Scorpio can actually deliver.
The Xbox One S has been confirmed to come to stands this August, while the Project Scorpio is expected to release Holiday 2017.
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