Microsoft is marketing its upcoming Xbox One Scorpio as a powerful console which is capable of running games at 4K resolution. However, not every game on the console will play at 4K resolution, as this decision will depend upon the developer.
Speaking with Inner Circel, Microsoft’s Albert Penello clarified that running games on Xbox One Scorpio at 4K resolution and 60 FPS is their own goal, so developers may or may not apply it to their games. He further said that 4k and 60 FPS will not be mandatory, developers will be free to utilize the console’s power as they feel it.
I think people get confused and say our messaging is weird. Not every developer is going to use it that way. Not every developer is going to decide to take that 6TFLOPs and do 4K/60fps with it.
They might decide for their game, their engine that they want to do something different and that’s fine. But our goal is to build a box that deliver true 4K games at the same level of fidelity that you see on your current Xbox One games. That is the box we are building. We know we can do it. We wouldn’t have went out and said it if we didn’t think we could do it. We have a lot of work ahead to do it but that is our goal.
He further added that there will be no compromises for the Xbox One version of the game. The number of enemies, lightning effects will be the same in Xbox One Scorpio as in Xbox One.
So the goal was can we take the same level of graphics, the same frame rate, the same lighting effects, same number of enemies and AI on screen and deliver that in 4K. No compromises. I don’t have to half the number of enemies on screen, I don’t have to reduce the effects, I don’t have to make the game smaller. I should be able to take an Xbox One game today that is in 1080p and 60fps and I want to do 4K/60fps on this new box. And we built the box to deliver that goal. So we know the box will do what we want it to do.
To summarize it, developers will be able to choose to make the game 1080p 60 FPS on Scorpio and bump up other factors of the game.
Xbox One Scorpio is scheduled to release on Holiday 2017, and will run all the games available for Xbox One and Xbox One S.