Microsoft made some bold claims when it unveiled the newest member of the Xbox console family, “Project Scorpio”, at E3 this year, stating that its yet-released console is going to be “the most powerful console ever made”. Bold, since its biggest competitor, Sony, has also announced a new console, the PlayStation NEO. While the console war is fully set to reignite next year when both machines presumably get released, new evidence suggests that this time around, Microsoft finally has a leg up in the power department, reports ICXM.
This evidence is a new set of internal slides from Sony regarding the PlayStation NEO, which was leaked onto Scribd. The same kind of precaution for any other leak should be applied here; the slides, however, look quite believable. Among all the interesting tidbits about Sony’s new console, one part stands out: hardware specs, which lists out the CPU and GPU of the NEO, and mentions the number of FLOPS the latter can process.
Why does it stand out? If you remember, this strange-sounding “FLOPs” is the same unit of measurement Xbox chief Phil Spencer has used to describe the “unprecedented” processing power of Project Scorpio on the E3 stage, which apparently will have 6 Teraflop of computing power. More impressive, it seems, when according to the leaked slides, Sony’s new PlayStation NEO will have 2.3 times the FLOP count of the PS4, which puts it at about 4 teraflop.
While both consoles promise 4K gaming, two teraflops is a significant lead for Project Scorpio, which may translate to a better gaming experience for multi-platform games, as well as exclusives that brings the console gaming experience closer to PC (now that Xbox Play Anywhere is in full swing). Ultimately, however, it will be up to developers to figure out how to use this additional power to unleash the console’s fullest potential, and if the PS3-Xbox 360 era is any indicator, only time will tell if Microsoft’s power advantage will let it come on top in the new era of console gaming.