PS4 Pro vs Xbox Project Scorpio: Comparing the specs PS4 Pro vs Xbox Project Scorpio: Comparing the specs
Sony and Microsoft have changed the console industry, perhaps irreversibly. The PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio represent a fascinating shift in hardware strategy for... PS4 Pro vs Xbox Project Scorpio: Comparing the specs

Sony and Microsoft have changed the console industry, perhaps irreversibly. The PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio represent a fascinating shift in hardware strategy for the companies.

The PS4 Pro came to the market first, and for a number of months has been the most powerful console on the market. That stands to change, however, when Microsoft’s Project Scorpio launches in late 2017.

We now have the specs for Scorpio, so let’s take a look at and compare both, and see where and how both differ.

PS4 Pro CPU

x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores

The PS4 Pro’s CPU has an up-clocked variant of the Jaguar cores that are in the PS4, with a boost to 2.1 GHz, up from 1.6 GHz.

Xbox Scorpio CPU

Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz

According to Digital Foundry, the Xbox Scorpio CPU is an evolution of the up-clocked Jaguar cores in the Xbox One. The key difference is “extensive customisation”, with key tasks offloaded to dedicated hardware.

These x86 cores are “31 percent faster” than Xbox One’s.

PS4 Pro CPU vs Xbox Scorpio CPU

Originally, it was thought that if the Xbox Scorpio’s CPU core were to be anything other than the Jaguar architecture — which left AMD’s eight-core ZEN tech — then Scorpio would be much more than just an “upgrade”. What we’ve ended up getting is an “evolved” CPU of the Jaguar tech found in the Xbox One.

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PS4 Pro GPU

4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon-based graphics engine

The expectation was that Sony’s PS4 Pro would utilise the AMD Polaris 10 graphics core, with 36 next-gen GCN compute unit clocks at 911 MHz.

The PS4 Pro GPU is a down-clocked version of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 480 graphics card, which is being released to meet launch-day VR offerings.

Xbox One Scorpio GPU

40 customised compute units at 1172MHz

Microsoft certainly hasn’t been shy here. It confirmed six teraflops of processing power at reveal, which beats the 4.2 teraflops of the PS4 Pro by quite a bit.

Interestingly, this puts the Scorpio at around 40 percent faster than the Pro, which is about the speed difference the PS4 had over Xbox One. Microsoft is clearly looking to reestablish itself in the hardware stakes.

PS4 Pro GPU vs Xbox Scorpio GPU

There’s a substantial leap over PS4 Pro here for Microsoft. Scorpio offers an increase in power unmatched by PS4 Pro, and obviously by PS4 and Xbox One, and reportedly hits the 6 teraflop promise by Microsoft.

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PS4 Pro Memory

8GB GDDR5 at 218GB/s

The PS4 Pro offers an additional 512MB of RAM over the PS4. What this means is that developers actually have limited extra space for higher resolution textures.

Xbox Scorpio Memory

12GB GDDR5

Microsoft revealed that Scorpio will have more than 320 GB/s bandwidth throughout, which puts it ahead of the PS4 Pro in those stakes. The company seemed incredibly likely to take the Sony approach of utilising a single, unified pool of memory based on PC RAM technology. Early signs always pointed to it being the GDDR5.

Scorpio also offers an additional 4GB of onboard RAM over Pro. The r320GB/s is reached using a 384-bit interface alongside 12GB of GDDR5.

PS4 Pro Memory vs Xbox Scorpio Memory

Xbox Scorpio will be able to achieve not only higher resolutions over Pro, but with significantly more space for higher detail textures. We mentioned above that developers have questioned the PS4 Pro’s ability to utilise 4K displays, but Scorpio seems far more in line to be able to achieve the benchmark Microsoft is hoping to reach, especially based on Digital Foundry’s comments regarding Forza Motorsport 7.

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  • Barters81

    June 27, 2016 #1 Author

    I’d like to get a Scorpio, but am going to wait and see just how developers utilize the extra grunt.

    If it is to have the same game run on 4K (I don’t have a 4K TV and no intention any time soon), or to run slightly smoother, then I may opt for a Xbox slim down the line instead.

    Though I must admit, that with my PC starting to show signs of age, the idea of tossing it entirely and have an Xbox Scorpio plugged in…..with a keyboard and mouse on my coffee table seems intriguing.

    • Barters81

      September 9, 2016 #2 Author

      Replaying to my own comment….but whatever. :)

       

      Was waiting to see the capabilities of the PS4 Pro.  Just bought a Xbox One S.

       

      Bottom line, I’ve never owned a Xbox before and I wanted 4K bluray.  I know everyone says streaming is now the go with 4K content but my internet isn’t quite good enough for that.  Plus, I’m guessing a bluray will always look better than a stream even if you can stream 4k without issue.  I didn’t drop 3k on a TV to not see the true benefits.

      • Master Fenix

        September 12, 2016 #3 Author

        @Barters81 It’s truly bizarre that they didn’t include a 4K Blu-Ray player.

        • Barters81

          September 13, 2016 #4 Author

          Now as the original PS4 will be displaying HDR, it gives less reason to upgrade.  Of course, this is assuming games coming out next year don’t run like crapola on the original PS4, and silky smooth on the Pro.

          I’m happy with the Xbox One S, never played Halo, Forza or Gears before…….

          • Master Fenix

            September 13, 2016 #5 Author

            @Barters81 Forza Horizon 3 will be one of the games of the year, bookmark it.