Rumour: Xbox Scorpio Will Be Able To Run PC Games At 4K Natively

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 12:51 PM

It’s been obvious to see over the last 12 months that Microsoft is look to better integrate its software and hardware across a multitude of devices. The latest rumour to emerge supports this theory, claiming the upcoming Xbox Scorpio will be capable of running PC games natively at 4K resolution.

I say PC games but it is in fact a small subsect of them - namely UWP apps from the Windows 10 Store. Between Microsoft enabling UWP apps on the Xbox One and the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, Microsoft is aiming to get all games playable across any Xbox or PC device.

In theory the Xbox Scorpio will just be able to run any UWP app from Windows 10 right out of the box, taking advantage of its stronger hardware to offer higher resolutions and greater resolutions than the standard Xbox One.

According to a source close to Windows Central, "The Coalition has previously confirmed that Gears of War 4 is ready to run at a 4K resolution on Project Scorpio. This is because Project Scorpio can run 4K Windows 10 Store Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games natively.

"Our source told us that any game programmed natively for UWP on Windows 10 will run on Project Scorpio with a trivial amount of changes. This has always been Microsoft's vision for UWP".

Developing for both PC and Xbox Scorpio is apparently almost indistinguishable with a very minimal amount of effort required to get a game up and running. It also works backwards, so the likes of Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider will all work natively on the Xbox Scorpio at 4K.

Saying it and actually doing it are two different matters entirely however. Running a game at 4K requires considerable hardware power. Roughly four times the GPU horsepower needed for 1080p in fact, a resolution which the Xbox One already struggles to hit a lot of the time. We'll have to wait and see just what the final hardware is truly capable of.

This is all well and good for console owners of course, yet Microsoft is still facing a huge uphill battle convincing PC players to use the Windows Store. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare recently released there and players were reporting there was only two people online in the world looking for Team Deathmatch. Games For Windows Live cut deep and it’s difficult to see Microsoft overcoming this, particularly considering there appears to be no cross-play between Windows Store and Steam users.

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20:43 Nov-14-2016

People always remember the hardware but forget one important thing. You need a 4K TV/Monitor to run 4K images. Not a lot of people have 4K screens.

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22:20 Nov-14-2016

Well not yet, but 4K will be mainstream in few years. Decent 4k TV can be bought for under 500$ already :)

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02:19 Nov-15-2016

4K will be the standard as tech progresses, but $500+ is still somewhat pricey, especially if you're on a budget.

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19:39 Nov-15-2016

Yes, but they aren't absurdly costly like they were just a while ago :)

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00:03 Nov-16-2016

Agreed.

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02:42 Nov-11-2016

4k 30 fps at medium-high settings :p??

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13:39 Nov-10-2016

Upscaling 1080p/720p to 4k is not really 4k...?
What actually is native 4k? Have they change the meaning internally at Microsoft to mean Upscaling or CRAP!
Does Microsoft Believe that consumers are this STUPID? Well they're doing it so I guess So!
SO why LIE or BEND the truth? That's a moto of theirs any.
Could someone help me believe this is Possible?
Disclaimer--> I will never believe this!

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14:17 Nov-10-2016

If you read the article, you can see that this is just a rumour. Not something that MS has stated as a fact.

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17:52 Nov-10-2016

Company's Do Start their own Rumors and It has been done before.
Thanks!

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23:45 Nov-10-2016

when an 8 core jaguar with a clock of 1.75ghz can run all games and vulkan can boost pc game performance sth like 40% i say 4k 30fps is not far from reality with 6k TFLOPs!

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10:02 Nov-11-2016

The scorpio is rumored to have Zen and Zen is slightly better than broadwell, which is 70% better than piledriver, which is 50% better than Jaguar.

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14:13 Nov-12-2016

RUMORED! if scorpio gonna have an 8core cpu then it's probably not zen and even if it comes with zen expect it to be more expensive.

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10:57 Nov-10-2016

M$ claims Xbox Scorpio bunch of ****s right now, see when the console is actually released. Underpowered or severely even

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06:10 Nov-10-2016

GTX 1080 in it? nooo... AN AMD RX TEN EIGHTY? THAT WILL NEVER EXIST. It will cost over $1000 and eat babies. Native upscaled 4k americans.

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07:32 Nov-10-2016

Well, considering the PS4 pro can run games like The Last of Us and Skyrim on native 4k on 30 fps, and yes, I know they are undemanding games, but still. It doesn't sound impossible. If Scorpio will launch about year later with maybe a 100$ or even a 200$ higher price tag it would definitely be a lot more powerful than PS4P. But we'll see :)

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16:12 Nov-11-2016

You are forgeting that by then the PS4 Pro would have been out and selling for a whole year, allowing sony to easily cuts it's price by about 50$.

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19:11 Nov-11-2016

So? Yes, I know it's obvious. Just saying that a consoles which have noticeable price difference are likely to have noticeable difference in performance also.

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02:33 Nov-10-2016

I don't doubt that. But, 4K @ low or ultra low setting? That's my question.

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01:46 Nov-10-2016

The specs for the scorpio may be good now but consider the fact that its getting released a year from now...

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23:32 Nov-09-2016

even pc's are not all capable of 4k, so yeah, I have my doubts

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23:06 Nov-09-2016

I will believe it when i'll see it doing it.

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21:00 Nov-09-2016

I'm dreading the day when Windows 7 is no longer in the minimum specs for OS required.

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20:21 Nov-09-2016

I wonder how many 2017 AAA games will the scorpio run at 4k, current AAA games sure, but future games, I'm NOT so sure, while the PS4 pro stands no chance of course... NOT that I care, I do NOT have a 4k TV/Monitor...
Also I doubt that the srcorpio will cost less than 550$ considering the 12GB GDDR5 VRam, Vega GPU and Zen CPU...

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15:29 Nov-09-2016

UWP is shorthand for "quickest way to make Scorpio unpopular" Why would they do this knowing how much people dislike the Windows store, I don't know, but they should consider changing course on this idea.

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15:18 Nov-09-2016

At this point i am sure the Scorpio will exceed the normal console price. for a 4k gaming pc you need at least a 1070 which is 450$ (50$ more expensive than PS4P :/) .
so the price is the last line that will determine Scorpio's success.

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17:06 Nov-09-2016

I am guessing minimum $500. It could go up to 600 too considering it is targeted as a premium console. Maybe, just maybe the tech will depreciate in price within 1 year and will sell for cheaper. Just speculation for now.

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14:17 Nov-09-2016

scam xbox scorpio run pc game 4k omg


ps4 4k console horsepower beat xbox 4k console

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14:31 Nov-09-2016

Not really sure what you tried to say with your comment. But Scorpio will surely be noticeably more powerful than PS4 Pro, though probably more expensive also.

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20:03 Nov-09-2016

According to a few rumors, the Xbox Scorpio will have an 8-core processer from an unknown manufactor and a 6TFLOPs GPU. The GTX 1070 has 6,5TFLOPs. I know TFLOP is not everything, but it's something. Also 320GB/s memory Bandwidth.
However, only time will tell as the release date is still set for late 2017.

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21:55 Nov-09-2016

the gpu/gpus!? and the cpus are from AMD it's the only option!

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14:08 Nov-09-2016

Would have considered getting the Scorpio but it does not have any exclusives that are not on the PC. I still think the PC/PS4 combination works well to play all the games.

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14:23 Nov-09-2016

Yea that's what i have along with a 3ds and getting the switch next year, perfect combination :)

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14:01 Nov-09-2016

after seeing ps4 pro's performance i'd say it's very possible for the scorpio. considering that the ps4 pro have a 4.2 tflops gpu and runs with ease games upscaled from 1440p and 1800p to 4k and that scorpio will probably have a 6 tflops gpu and 12 gigs of memory. it's also obvious that we're talking about 4k 30 fps console settings not 4k 60fps pc max settings.

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19:22 Nov-09-2016

Yeah and it's not just that Scorpio gpu also have more bandwidth and better architecture(polaris/vega?) and even if it be dual gpu like ps4 pro 100% multi gpu scaling in DirectX 12 is promising.

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13:01 Nov-09-2016

this is gonna be my first "standard" console meaning console from Microsoft or sony

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12:59 Nov-09-2016

I am really curious to see if they can handle it, if they can manage to offer 4k resolution with reasonable price.

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17:51 Nov-09-2016

Probably 1440p upscaled. I don't believe in this 4k crap because even pc isn't "ready" yet, unless you buy top of the line hardware. I bet that a 4k rig won't be cheaper than 800 euro at this time of the year.

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17:54 Nov-09-2016

Yeah i agree 4k is still very demanding

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