They were doing so well! Bless Microsoft, they almost got their message across but now we’re back to the muddled days of Microsoft contradicting themselves somewhat.
“Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don’t have a 4K TV, the benefit we’ve designed for, you’re not going to see,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said to Eurogamer.
However, he also suggested that there is no requirement for Scorpio versions of games be in 4K. “6 teraflop gaming machine, which will be a great gaming machine for true 4K gaming, giving you a native 4K frame buffer so you can see games in all their beauty,” he told Videogamer. “Or, if developers want to use those 6 teraflops in other ways they’re free to do that.”
Put the two together, and chances are he doesn’t mean we’ll see super pretty 1080p games which don’t need a 4K television, but the same kind thing we see on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with developers not dropping to 900p or even 720p to get better performance. Don’t be surprised if “1800p” becomes a thing…
Incidentally, the Xbox One S will also be able to upscale games to 4K, as well as play 4K video, assuming you have a 4K TV.