Somehow, Xbox Scorpio has Exceeded Phil Spencer's Expectations

Apr 13, 2017, 00:52
Somehow, Xbox Scorpio has Exceeded Phil Spencer's Expectations

The screen is created to display data like frames per second, which is for Xbox games developers who want to see that information at a glance. Good news, as we're seeing a strong collection of 4K HDR Blu-rays released these days. "[At some point], we said, "I think we need to do more than what the silicon is that's available in 2016 at a price point that a console customer would want to pay". But Microsoft has equipped the dev kit with some more powerful hardware than the retail Scorpio console will get.

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It's interesting to hear that Spencer felt the technology wasn't quite there yet given that Sony released the 4K PS4 Pro in 2016. There's both an upside and downside to that: FreeSync is mostly found in computer monitors, so that won't help those with non-FreeSync televisions. Since the Project Scorpio is based on AMD's custom SoC, it does not come as a surprise that it will support FreeSync 2.

The plans for renewal of the machine that left in 2013 began three years ago, partly looking for better characteristics facing the player and on the other, particularly in Scorpio, with the intention to preempt the era of 4K and HDR and thus provide additional value to the Xbox user.

One very cool addition to the Project Scorpio offering as a home cinema system is the support for Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The Xbox Scorpio is the upcoming 4K console by Microsoft. Like the Xbox One, the Scorpio will have a Universal Dev Center and that can be accessed from a retail version of the console once it hits store shelves. "Or the gaming experience, I guess, more specifically, could go". This means that it reduces screen tearing and enables smooth low-latency gameplay, which most gamers want.

"So from a development platform, we needed to think about our hardware as multi-generational", he said.

The Scorpio is expected to be offered at $500. E3 will likely be the first spot where we get to see the actual console and games line-up. The Xbox One ecosystem seems to be morphing into a PC-like space where one piece of software can run at different levels of detail depending on the power (and price) of the hardware it's running on.

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