Microsoft is working to construct buzz behind the scenes for its upcoming Project Scorpio and what that console can do in 4K. The corporate has a heavy raise in entrance of it — Scorpio is extra highly effective than Sony’s PS4 Professional, however Sony has a 12-month first mover benefit and roughly double the Xbox One’s set up base. That discrepancy is having actual impacts on Microsoft’s capability to land unique titles for its console, and exclusives are nonetheless an vital a part of how consoles differentiate from each other, even when they aren’t as vital as they was.

Home windows Central has gotten its palms on technical property from numerous demos Microsoft has put collectively. These demos don’t use recreation property, however they are indicative of how builders can leverage the improved efficiency of Undertaking Scorpio over and above what’s supplied by the Xbox One. We’ve received some highlights right here; for full particulars and comparisons examine Windows Central’s article.

First, right here’s 1080p versus downsampled 1080p, versus 4K in a BioShock Infinite-like tech demo with a steampunk aesthetic. You’ll need to click on to enlarge to see the complete picture (it is going to open in a separate window).


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1080p is on the left, downsampled 4K is within the center displayed at 1080p, and native 4K on the far proper. The downsampled 1080p picture isn’t fairly as sharp as native 4K, but it surely’s a leap above native 1080p, significantly with regards to the girl’s hair. Her glasses are additionally notably much less jagged, and her facial options are higher outlined. These enhancements are straight decision enhancements, however that’s not the one manner builders can use Undertaking Scorpio’s horsepower.

The Microsoft staff additionally put collectively a ladybug demo to indicate how Undertaking Scorpio might increase graphical constancy in different methods.


On this case, the ladybug isn’t simply rendering at the next decision; it incorporates extra element — the attention and head are each totally different, as are the legs.

These variations are comparatively simple to identify, however we’re additionally static frames on a desktop reasonably than titles in movement. To shut the hole between itself and the PS4, Microsoft might want to exhibit video games that run so clearly higher on its platform, they make investing in an Xbox Scorpio (or no matter they name it) a great funding, even for consumers who have already got a PS4. That’s going to be a troublesome promote, and far will rely upon the platform’s worth, at present estimated at $500. How these new consoles play available in the market over the subsequent few years might reshape the character of console cycles themselves. The Xbox One and PS4 could at some point be seen because the final of the “previous” console launches earlier than MS and Sony moved to an iterative replace mannequin with backwards compatibility assured over a number of generations of earlier gadgets.