Nearly two weeks ago, Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 Pro gaming console along with a slimmer revision of the current PS4. The new Playstation 4 Pro will feature 4.2 teraflops of computing power and support both HDR and 4K on compatible TV sets. Microsoft, which released its Xbox One S a month ago and is currently working on the more powerful Project Scorpio, wasn’t too impressed.
For now, Sony’s messaging about the PlayStation 4 Pro 4K support has been somewhat confusing. During the introducing event, the company claimed that the new console would be able to upscale current and upcoming games to 4K and “deliver graphics with far more detail,” but it wasn’t clear yet if the PS4 Pro would support true 4K games as well. However, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House recently explained in an interview with Digital Spy that “the majority will be upscaled – at least based on the game portfolio I have seen to date” (via Neowin).
As of today, Microsoft’s new Xbox One S is also able to upscale games to 4K on compatible TV sets, though the company won’t be able to catch up to Sony’s true 4K games promise until late 2017 when its Project Scorpio gaming console is expected to be released. The Redmond giant previously revealed that Project Scorpio would deliver 6 teraflops of computing power (approximately 43% more than Sony’s PS4 Pro), enabling support for true 4K games as well virtual reality experiences.
Last week, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis added in an interview with USA today that “any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K” (via Neowin). In other words, Microsoft Studios is fully committed to supporting the upcoming console with first-party games that run in true 4K, and this is currently a slightly clearer stance than Sony’s. While the Japanese company also owns several game studios that delivered critically-acclaimed games, the company could probably have generated more excitement about its Playstation 4 Pro by emphasizing a portfolio of upcoming true 4K games.
While 4K may not be the main important concern for console gamers for now, Microsoft is probably right to have announced Project Scorpio so early and to clearly explain to gamers that the upcoming console will be all about “true 4K.” Let us know in the comments if you expect Microsoft to lead the 4K revolution next year.