Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio console at E3 2016, promising significantly improved performance over not only the current Xbox One, but also over Sony's own PlayStation iteration, the Neo. As far as we know so far, Scorpio will hold a 2 teraflop (TFLOP) advantage over Neo, coming in at 6 TFLOPs compared to the Neo's 4 TFLOPs. That should place Scorpio firmly at the top of the console heap.
However, PC gaming won't be giving up its performance lead anytime soon. Yesterday, NVIDIA surprised the gaming world by announcing the next generation of its GeForce Titan X. The new version utilizes the Pascal architecture that powers the company's popular new 1080, 1070, and 1060 GPUs, with 12 billion transistors in its GP102-codenamed version.
We packed the most raw horsepower we possibly could into this GPU. Driven by 3584 NVIDIA CUDA® cores running at 1.5GHz, TITAN X packs 11 TFLOPs of brute force. Plus it’s armed with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory – one of the fastest memory technologies in the world.
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Therefore, while Xbox Scorpio will advance the cause of console gaming performance, it's going to offer only roughly half the performance of the newest Titan X. We don't know pricing for Microsoft's latest console, however, but we're fairly certain it won't cost nearly as much as the Titan X's $1200 or so anticipated list price when it's released on August 2, 2016 (as reported by HotHardware). And, of course, the Titan X needs a fairly beefy PC to go along with it if its capabilities will be fully utilized.
Consoles provide some real advantages, and price is only one of them. But nevertheless, there's no doubt that PC gaming will maintain its lead in terms of performance, meaning that hardcore gamers should help maintain a vibrant PC industry for years to come. Let us know in the comments if you plan to invest in the new Titan X.