Rumour has it that Microsoft’s upcoming -and highly anticipated – console, the Xbox Scorpio (or Project Scorpio), will come with a rather interesting feature: it will be able to run UWP (Universal Windows Platform) PC games on the Windows 10 Store at a native resolution of 4K.
According to a report by Windows Central, a credible source has informed the tech site that Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio console will be able to run UWP-based PC games in 4K without the need for developers to ‘port’ the game or require any additional developments. All of this is possible thanks to the alleged 6 TFLOPS of compute performance of the console, which is significantly higher than the PlayStation 4 Pro’s 4.2 TFLOPS figure.
In addition to that, the feature is also possible partly due to the Universal Windows Platform, which is a standardised development API for the Windows 10 family. This means that should a developer choose to develop a game natively for UWP, the game should be playable on both a Windows 10 PC and the Xbox Scorpio console.
Of course, developers aren’t required to only create games that will only run at 4K for the Xbox Scorpio. Instead, developers can also opt to make 1080p games with higher graphical fidelity that will take full advantage of the Xbox Scorpio’s powerful hardware. Current games that are rumoured to have already been optimised for 4K on Xbox Scorpio include Gears of War 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
This comes as great news for console enthusiasts because it’s about time consoles are fitted with high-end hardware and performance. That said, it’s still far too early to tell whether this will be the case, as the Xbox Scorpio is only due for launch in the second half of next year.