Project Scorpio Is 4.5X as Powerful as Xbox One, Phil Spencer Says

"The six teraflops will impact the games and how they play."

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Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console is four and a half time times as powerful as the existing Xbox One. That's according to Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer, who made the comment as part of GamesSpot sister site Giant Bomb's E3 show last night.

"Scorpio is more powerful than the original Xbox One, four and a half times. And the six teraflops will impact the games and how they play," he explained.

Also in the interview, Spencer talked about how Scorpio will make some existing games, ones that use dynamic scaling, run better than their Xbox One counterparts. As announced previously, Scorpio will play all existing Xbox One games, though it is possible there will be some Scorpio-only games.

Also in the interview, Spencer mentioned that Microsoft considered releasing a new, more powerful Xbox One this year. However, Microsoft abandoned the idea because the company thought it would be better to wait until it was sure it could deliver a box with six teraflops. The Scorpio goes on sale in holiday 2017, though a price has not yet been announced.

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Microsoft will release the Xbox One S in August, and while it will offer HDR and 4K for TVs that support it, Spencer said you shouldn't expect the system to run your existing games better.

"If you already have an Xbox One, don't go buy an Xbox One S thinking your games are going to play better. If you like the design or if you want the 4K streaming great. HDR? Great. But I'm not trying to upgrade you there," he explained.

If you're wondering what a teraflop is and how it impacts games, you can check out GameSpot's feature about teraflops.

For more on Microsoft's E3 2016 announcements, check out GameSpot's roundup of all the big news here.

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