Xbox’s Project Scorpio is getting a little extra juice. Now, 9GB of the system’s 12GB will be available for games. The other 3GB are reserved for the operating system. Things like the dashboard, Game DVR and other system-wide features.
Mike Ybarra, corporate VP of the Xbox and Windows gaming platform, dropped the news in a tweet earlier today.
We’ll keep tuning Scorpio to empower creators to share the best versions of their games. Unlocked extra GB of RAM for them, now 9GB of GDDR5
The small change also means the same amount of RAM is reserved for the system on both Scorpio and the Xbox One. Which means we shouldn’t see major differences between the way the dashboard performs on one platform versus the other.
But what does this mean for games? The extra RAM is there for developers to take advantage of if they want to. Games that don’t use the extra RAM will still see improvements related to the higher amount of RAM. Ybarra says it will be used as a cache. Think higher loading times, stuff like that.
Games that don’t use the full 9GB, the rest of the RAM will be used as a cache (making things load way faster, etc.). All games = better. https://t.co/yZTGOvBJRx
Hey, if it makes GTA Online load a little faster I might start playing it again.
The small drip of Scorpio news is about to become a torrent. Sunday, Phil Spencer and the rest of the Xbox crew will hit the stage to reveal Scorpio to the masses. How will developers take advantage of the bump in RAM and other specs? How much will it cost us, the consumer? What about those who stay with Xbox One S? The Xbox team have a lot to talk about at E3. Just give me some new franchises to be excited about. And kb/m support on Xbox One (for certain genres like RTS or MMO).
I’m starting to feel that E3 hype. I want Microsoft to blow me away. Hell, I want everyone at E3 to blow me away. Competition is only a good thing for us. While some might downplay backward compatibility, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter finally get on there. Gotta get my Ghost Recon PvP fix somehow.
What would be your dream Xbox announcement? Hardware or game related. 343 coming onto the stage saying they’re using the extra horsepower to throw in a complete map editor would be pretty damn awesome for me.