Xbox Scorpio: New games feature revealed following PS5 release date prediction

The Xbox Scorpio is getting a new gaming feature but could have to contend with the PS4 release date

The Xbox Scorpio is getting a new gaming feature but could have to contend with a PS4 release date
The Xbox Scorpio is Microsoft’s latest attempt to win back developers and boost their fortunes in the console market that is currently dominated by the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

The new console has the more impressive specs, the CPU is said to be 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor.

Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.

The Xbox Scorpio will also ship with another handy console feature that will make it easier to switch from a normal base Xbox One.

Company chief Phil Spencer has revealed that the Xbox Scorpio external hard drive will be able to install games.

That means that fans will be able to switch over a USB HDD they’re currently using for the Xbox One, and plug it into the Xbox Scorpio for an easy install.

Spencer was asked: “Will I be able to take my USB HDD I use on One and plug it in Scorpio, having all my games?

The Xbox chief replied: “That’s our plan, yes.”

While not the most earth-shattering news for fans to hear, the confirmation of an easy transfer of games for those who have invested in an external hard drive will no doubt prove popular.

It follows a recent prediction made by an analyst that claims the PS5 release date could be set for the second-half of 2018 by Sony.

Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong predicts “Sony to release its next-generation PlayStation by the second half of 2018,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

To be clear, Thong does not refer to the new console as the PS5, with the new prediction not necessarily based on any kind of insider information.

It should be noted, however, that Thong correctly predicted the announcements of the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim consoles.

Sony provided a long build up for the launch of the PS4, announcing it nine months before its prospective release.

Possibly, and there would be a good reason for Sony to time this announcement in such a manner too.

Being able to tease a big new launch for the PlayStation brand just as the Xbox Scorpio is about to appear on the scene could provide a big impact.

It would be even bigger if Sony were able to announce some kind of backwards compatibility with current PS4 games, currently one of the biggest selling points of the Xbox Scorpio.

But while the news may be exciting for console gamers, it should be noted that at this time the PS5 is just a prediction, Sony have yet to reveal any plans on the subject and are currently seeing impressive PS4 sales each month.