Microsoft Studios publishing general manager has come forward and stated that the Microsoft-developed Xbox Scorpio games will render natively at 4K instead of being upscaled.
Shannon Loftis made the comment in an interview with USA Today recently saying:
“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K.”
The Xbox Scorpio (if that is the final name), not to be confused with the Xbox One S, hits stores in the Holiday Season of 2017. The console boasts some impressive specs with an 8-core CPU and a graphics card with 6TFLOPs (trillion floating point operations per second) of power. It’ll also have 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. No pricing has yet been announced but Microsoft have labelled the Scorpio a ‘premium’ piece of hardware so the betting is it won’t be cheap.
The Scorpio isn’t to be considered the next generation of consoles but according to Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s head of games marketing, the new console marks the beginning of the end of traditional console life cycles for Microsoft. He stated in an interview with Engadget that:
“We (Microsoft) think the future is without console generations. We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware – we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio.”
Microsoft have already released the Xbox One S which has 4K Blu Ray and streaming, HDR and improved storage and Sony are hot on their tail with the upcoming release of the PS4 Pro which also support 4K (although it’s upscaled rather than native), heightened visuals and a faster frame rate. It is not officially known whether Sony are going to release another console similar to the Scorpio but if history has taught us anything, it’s pretty likely.
More information on Project Scorpio can be found at xbox.com.
I personally find the range of consoles that are coming a little confusing, especially now that Microsoft will have 3 consoles playing Xbox One games. I prefer the old style of one generation coming to an end in favour of the next. What are your opinions? Will you be getting a Scorpio? Let us know in the comments section below!