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"Brace for big news" at E3, teases Microsoft Xbox

by Mark Tyson on 16 February 2017, 10:01

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Microsoft's Xbox Twitter account has been updated with a teaser image for the E3 2017 Briefing. "Brace for big news," it commands. What else could it be but the unveiling for Microsoft's Project Scorpio?

The event, organised to coincide with the E3 Expo, takes place on Sunday, 11th June at 2pm PDT (10pm UK time currently, but in June that will be equivalent to 11pm). Microsoft has hired the Galen Centre in LA for its special event; it's the same venue Microsoft used for the 2015 E3 Xbox Conference.

It's pretty certain that the E3 event as teased will be focussed sharply on Project Scorpio as the Twitter image uses the exact same 4K processor on motherboard image used in the Xbox - Project Scorpio teaser video published at E3 last summer. See below.

We don't have much in the way of Scorpio specs but a few statements distilled from the talking heads video above. In summary the console will offer:

  • An SoC boasting 6TFLOPS, to handle true 4K
  • The most powerful graphics processor ever in a console
  • No compromises between resolution and framerate
  • And it will be ready for 'Holiday 2017'

With the proliferation and ever increasing price competitiveness of 4K TVs it will be good that the console industry catches up to make the most of the squillions of pixels that will available in many a living room by the end of this year.

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“No compromises between resolution and framerate”

This seems like a strange boast. What do they mean by that? Surely there is always a compromise between resolution and framerate.
Means probably 2160p @ 60 fps
Yup, they already stated that Scorpio will play all older games at 4k while maintaining 60FPS.

I can't wait to see how many of them end up being 1890p or some other weirdo resolution rescaled…..
“No compromises between resolution and framerate”

It's just meaningless sales talk.
It's just meaningless sales talk.

I don't know about meaningless - presumably it means they'll compromise elsewhere - I imagine image quality wiull be the first thing to go ;)

tbh I can see that being the big push - they'll insist that developers offer 1080p60 and 4k60 settings, and the way most will achieve that will be to turn off/down certain IQ enhancements to run at 4k. Assuming the console correctly identifies where it's connected to a 4k TV it could even automatically select the lower IQ settings so the whole process is transparent to the end user…