When unveiled Project Scorpio last year, the company made it clear that it was developing the most powerful gaming console on the market. We already know that Project Scorpio will support true 4K gaming as well as virtual and augmented reality experiences, though it still wasn’t clear if the new console would be a valuable upgrade for those of you who don’t have a 4K TV set.
But as it turns out, it seems that the new console will be able to enhance your gaming experience even if you play on an “old” 1080p TV. According to a new report from Windows Central, Project Scorpio is expected to bring the following improvements:
- Shader Model 6, a new version of the API for creating shading as well as other shader compiler improvements will make games run better on the new system.
- Xbox One games that use dynamic resolution scaling (such as Halo 5 Guardians) will also be able to output the best graphics possible more often without stuttering.
- Additionally, 4K-ready Xbox One games will look better on 1080p TVs thanks to supersampling, an antialiasing technique that will improve image quality.
If Project Scorpio won’t render your 1080p TV set completely obsolete, Windows Central still noted that “to get the full benefits of Project Scorpio, you will need a 4K TV.” Just like the Xbox One S, Project Scorpio will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player and support High Dynamic Range on compatible TVs.
Lastly, the report said that “Project Scorpio will see a sizeable lineup of its games, both first and third-party, hit a True 4K resolution for owners of compatible TVs and monitors.” As a matter of fact, Microsoft recently emphasized that Middle-earth: Shadow of War would be “available for Project Scorpio” following the console’s launch this holiday season. As we’re getting closer to E3 2017, we’ll see if the hype around Project Scorpio will reach new levels in the coming weeks.