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Xbox Scorpio Specs Might Not Feature VR Support – Here’s Why

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Image source: Screen grab from Xbox website


Xbox Scorpio Specs Might Not Feature VR Support – Here’s Why

During the Microsoft E3 2016 press conference, Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio, then named Project Scorpio. The device is set to be released towards the end of this year. The device will be a high-end model which Microsoft said would be the “most powerful console ever”. But it seems like it would not be getting power from a Virtual Reality (VR) capability feature.


The Xbox Scorpio will feature an eight-core Advanced Micro Devices Accelerated Processing Unit with 320 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth. It will also have a 3-fold increase, and 6 teraflops of graphical computing performance, a 4-fold increase. The device will be compatible to all Xbox One games and accessories. The hardware was said to support 4K gameplay and VR. But the device’s website no longer states that it would support VR.

Why It Might Not Render VR

According to Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, in an interview with The Verge last June 2016, the Xbox Scorpio would feature VR capacity. Spencer even claimed that the “Scorpio is that it’s a dramatic step up for us in terms of hardware capability.” He claimed that the company “saw 4K gaming and really high-end VR taking off in the PC space”, so this drove them to implement the same to their new gaming console. “Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today… when it ships it will be the most powerful console ever built,” he added.

But contrary to Spencer’s statements last year, the device may not be featuring a VR capacity at all. As pointed out in NeoGAF, the website has removed all references and details about VR. There is no reason why Microsoft did so.

Xbox ScorpioPia Janine Contreras | Video Games Republic

Image source: Screen grab from Youtube/Xbox account

But it may be presumed that the VR capacity for the Scorpio may not be ready yet. Or it may also be that because of the newness of the device, there are still a lot of competing VR devices that have already failed in their large scale market. Thus, this would have changed the company’s minds for what may be ahead for the Scorpio.

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