The Vice President of Xbox took to Twitter this morning and dropped some surprising news about the upcoming Xbox Scorpio. Microsoft is unlocking an extra gigabyte of RAM for developers to use in their games. This brings the total to 9GB – far more memory than any console has ever allowed for games. The Scorpio features 12GB of GDDR5 but Microsoft had reserved 4GB of it for their operating system and non-gaming apps.

The closest competitor for the Scorpio, Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, has 8GB of GDDR5 of which 5.5GB is available to developers to use in games.

Even if developers don’t use the extra gigabyte of memory in their games, it will still help performance. The console will treat unused RAM as a cache which means considerably faster load times.

Published by Jason Mckendricks

I am a business major, photographer and I occasionally write something that is somewhat legible. I also happen to be a long time gamer rocking my older brother's Atari 2600 and ColecoVision until that magical day I got the NES Deluxe set. These days I bounce mostly between PC games, home consoles and handhelds.

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