Xbox chief: Project Scorpio provides no benefits to full-HD TVs – Update

Jun

16

2016

According to the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division Project Scorpio offers no benefits if no 4K TV is used. He implies that the extra computing power can not be used to games on a 1080p television at a higher frame rate or better picture quality.

Phil Spencer tells Eurogamer that people with a full-HD TV will not benefit from the future Scorpio console. “Scorpio is designed as a 4k console. If you do not 4k TV, go see none of the benefits,” said Xbox chief. The statement is striking because it means that developers can not use the extra power of the much faster future console to improve the appearance or increasing the frame rate at lower resolutions.

Spencer will games as they are played on a 1080p TV with the Scorpio console look exactly like when using an Xbox One or Xbox One S on the same television. Also in performance terms, there would be no difference. This would mean that developers gain access to the additional computing power or may not work for display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Many Xbox One games running in 1080p at 30fps or less. The Scorpio hardware needs are easily enough to run games in the same resolution at 60fps.

Microsoft has promised that future games on both Xbox One and Xbox One S will act as the Scorpio. Although the CEO did not talk about in the interview, Fr functionality should be another advantage of the new console. That functionality is not dependent on the resolution of the TV in use.

Under the name “Project Scorpio” Microsoft is working on a new console, which should be released in late 2017. The power would amount to 6 teraflops, more than four times as much as the current Xbox One. The new console has to make 4K gaming and virtual reality in high quality as possible.

Tweakers was on the E3 game exhibition in Los Angeles attended a session of Microsoft hardware on the new consoles. Since no new revelations were made. However, the company confirmed that the Xbox One S same “soc” is the current Xbox One, but that one extra chip is added to display 4K video, which also enables the display of HDR video and HDR games possible. Gears of War 4 developer claims its new game runs better on the Xbox One S for more power. Microsoft denies that this is possible.

Update 17:00: As mentioned in the comments seem the statements of Phil Spencer not entirely consistent with what he said earlier in an interview on YouTube. On June 13, he says that developers can determine how they can harness the power of the Scorpio console. The statements to Eurogamer, however, appear to be more specific in nature and are more recent. The wording of Eurogamer are believed to be not yet contradicted by Spencer or Microsoft. Nevertheless, it does not seem at this point entirely clear what the facts are.

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