Game Developers Now Have Access to 9GB of Memory on Project Scorpio

With only a few days remaining until E3, Microsoft has revealed Project Scorpio will offer additional memory to game developers. Xbox chief Mike Ybarra took to Twitter, announcing that developers can access an additional 1GB of RAM for games. For those keeping count, that bumps the total up to 9GB.

As a quick reminder, Project Scorpio lays claim to 12GB of GDDR5 onboard at launch. Prior to today’s revelation developers would only have access to 8GB, with the remains dedicated to system tasks and dashboard. With the maximum increased, developers will have more headroom to work with when optimizing titles for the platform.

For games making use of the additional overhead, improvements arrive in the form of better performance across the board. Games that don’t use the full 9GB will utilize the remaining memory as a cache, making things load much quicker. Whether titles optimized for Scorpio saturate the 9GB of RAM or not, it will benefit either way.

With the full specifications previously revealed, all that remains is seeing the souped-up machine in the flesh. We can’t wait to see what’s next on the agenda. Luckily, the next stop is the Xbox E3 briefing this Sunday, June 11.

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