How does Xbox Scorpio compare to PlayStation 4 Pro?

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How does Xbox Scorpio compare to PlayStation 4 Pro?

How will the Xbox Scorpio — the upcoming reboot of the Xbox One, first announced at E3 last year — compare with last year’s PlayStation 4 Pro? That’s the big question and, judging by how it sizes up, it’s something you can expect Microsoft to trumpet loudly. But to start, it’s enlisted an independent expert to testify.

“Fundamentally, Scorpio is more powerful so it should be able to do everything that the PlayStation 4 Pro can do,” Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter said in a video interview as part of an exclusive reveal today.

Xbox Scorpio final hardware specs match Microsoft’s boasts

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Xbox Scorpio final hardware specs match Microsoft’s boasts

Microsoft has finally lifted the lid on Project Scorpio, its upcoming upgrade to the Xbox One, in an exclusive reveal with Eurogamer Digital Foundry. It all sounds very impressive, with the main takeaway being that Microsoft has met the targets it touted when it revealed the console at E3 2016.

Scorpio does that with a custom system-on-a-chip designed in conjunction with AMD, which Microsoft calls the Scorpio Engine. Every part of that hardware is a significant upgrade over the Xbox One, the Xbox One S and, yes, the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Project Scorpio is being made for the ‘premium customer,’ Microsoft says

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Project Scorpio is being made for the ‘premium customer,’ Microsoft says

When Microsoft went into the designing stage for its upcoming Project Scorpio, one of the company’s goals was to make a more powerful machine than the PlayStation 4 Pro and create a system for the “gamer that expects the absolute best versions of the game.”

Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of the Xbox and Windows gaming platform at Microsoft, sat down with Digital Foundry for an in-depth look at Project Scorpio and what it was capable of. The console’s specs were among some of the information revealed, including eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, a 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive and a UHD Blu-ray drive. Ybarra said it was all part of an initiative to get the most powerful games into the hands of core Xbox gamers.

Xbox Scorpio will improve the performance of every Xbox One game

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Xbox Scorpio will improve the performance of every Xbox One game

Project Scorpio, it was revealed today, will run every game that is currently compatible with your existing Xbox One ... including Xbox 360 games that are backwards compatible. That’s good news. The even better news is that the new system will improve performance on all your games.

"According to the Xbox hardware team, your existing library of games should run smoother, look better and load faster," Eurogamer is reporting.

Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship is reborn as a tournament worthy of the big time

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Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship is reborn as a tournament worthy of the big time

Beginning as a weekend get-together among close friends, Tecmo Super Bowl's world championship remained true to that spirit over its first 12 years. When Tecmo Madison returns this weekend, there will still be plenty of camaraderie, but it will more resemble an esports marquee event that wants a wider audience, and will work hard to earn it.

"There was so much interest in the event, but still, nobody would know what the hell was going on unless they were in the venue," said Dave Murray, the owner of TecmoBowl.org, who bought the tournament from founders Chet and Josh Holzbauer of Madison, Wisc. after they'd decided their increasing obligations in work and family left little time to run it properly.

Streamers are streaming Persona 5 despite threats of bans from Atlus

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Streamers are streaming Persona 5 despite threats of bans from Atlus

Despite publisher Atlus announcing yesterday it would take action against Persona 5 players who uploaded or streamed certain parts of the game, people are doing just that.

On YouTube and Twitch, searches for Persona 5 result in a number of streamers playing through the game, clearly disobeying Atlus’ guidelines. The developer stated in a blog post that people could stream or upload videos of gameplay as long as it didn’t surpass the 7/7 mark in the game. Failure to abide by the rules could result in bans for players, which has led to many of the streamers naming their streams absolutely ridiculous titles.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 open beta starts this month

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 open beta starts this month

Relic Entertainment’s Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 heads into open beta this month, and players can start signing up right now.

Today Relic and publisher Sega announced an open beta weekend beginning on April 21 and ending April 24. The game is scheduled to release on PC just a few days later, on April 27. Players will be able to try the game’s multiplayer mode only, but not it’s single-player campaign. All three factions, including the Eldar, Orks and Space Marines will be playable.

Japanese site estimates Nintendo spends $257 to make one Switch

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Japanese site estimates Nintendo spends $257 to make one Switch

Japanese teardown firm Fomalhaut Techno Solutions estimates that Nintendo spends $257 in parts for each Switch that rolls off the assembly line. With a retail price of $299.99, that leaves little margin for error let alone profit.

That number comes after Fomalhaut gutted the Switch console, its Joy-Con controllers and charging dock in an effort to catalog the each individual component inside. Best guess is that the biggest chunk — including the touchscreen, processor and dock — runs $167 out the door. The Joy-Cons, on the other hand, are a bit more pricey given their size. Each Joy-Con contains an estimated $45 worth of tech.

Arcade throwback NBA Playgrounds jams on Switch, Xbox One and PS4 in May

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Arcade throwback NBA Playgrounds jams on Switch, Xbox One and PS4 in May

NBA Playgrounds, a game outed at the end of February's Nintendo Switch Direct showcase, was confirmed by its maker today and will launch in May for the Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

In this trailer, given to IGN today, NBA Playgrounds is shown to be a 2-on-2 arcade style basketball game in the tradition of NBA Jam. Big-headed current stars and all-time greats pull off twirling dunks from high above the rim.