Project Scorpio to Feature 4K Resolution, Internal Power Supply
Microsoft has teased a few more features that their hot new console, Project Scorpio, will have when it releases during this year’s holiday season. Chief among these is the not-so-big revelation that the unit will feature an internal power supply, as well as the bigger news that console will feature 4K resolution when streaming or recording.
The new PSU should mean the end of the bulky external units that Xbox fans have grown to know and hate and will add great portability to the console. Though it’s not likely to be a deal breaker for gamers either way, it’s a great improvement over what Microsoft is offering now and should be received gladly by Xbox fans.
The current-gen Xbox S already has HEVC and VP9 codecs for decoding 4K streams, but in an effort to make the new console a true 4K system, Microsoft will be adding the ability for HEVC encoding at 2160p and giving the Scorpio a frame rate of 60 fps. This makes it possible to not only watch streaming services like Netflix, which is something the S already does, but also will allow for recording games at high resolution and making that leap into PC-quality graphics.
Microsoft has been running a game-streaming service called Beam for some time now, though up to now only PC gamers have been able to benefit. This news, taken together with several other snippets including crossplay rumors, shows that Microsoft has set its sights on the PC market as the next place to drag customers from. Whether or not dyed-in-the-wool PC gamers will flock to Microsoft’s consoles — the benefits to staying on PC may very well outweigh for most any offered by the Scorpio — remains to be seen, but you can’t fault Microsoft for being ambitious.
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