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.
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.
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
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.