There is speculation that Microsoft’s new console is going to sport next-generation hardware

Published By: Jawwad Iqbal on January 6, 2017 09:49 am EST

At CES 2017 this week, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) let the public get a taste of the next-generation CPU and GPU performance by setting up booths on the show floor. Being proud of its flourishing technological achievements, AMD had an ad for Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Project Scorpio console in their booth.

While the ad was nothing more than a sign of strength for AMD, gamers were quick to the speculation game. Since the booth was aimed to demonstrate AMD’s Ryzen and Vega, fans are pondering over the possible fact that Microsoft’s 6-teraflop monster could be powered by a combination of the two.

Project Scorpio, which is scheduled to arrive during the Holiday period this year, is Microsoft’s much touted 4K gaming console that wants to establish itself as the only native 4K gaming console. It is logical that Scorpio will be powered by AMD’s Vega GPU architecture, since Sony’s PS4 Pro already adopts some of Vega’s traits. Can it also use Ryzen as its CPU? This is what fans are excited about.

Xbox One is based on AMD’s Jaguar CPU architecture, and pairing it once again with a powerful GPU can hold the overall system performance. We have witnessed with PS4 Pro how even 4.2 Teraflop GPU is bogged down by the slow CPU, even though it features a higher clocked version than the standard PS4.

In likelihood, Scorpio will feature Jaguar once again albeit a heavily overclocked one. Not only will using Ryzen and Vega APU combo kick up the price, Microsoft would want to maintain compatibility with older games. Also, Ryzen and Vega APU release date is unconfirmed at the moment, expectations point to late 2017. Ryzen is a huge leap in performance from older generations; there will be a big disparity in CPU performance compared to the standard Xbox One if Scorpio is indeed based on it.