As we approach E3 2017, new details about Project Scorpio keep on appearing online. Today, Windows Central reported that the console will feature an internal power supply like the Xbox One S and utilize technology to capture 4K Game DVR footage. It’s encouraging to see that Microsoft is focused on providing users with a compact design when it comes to the upgraded console despite the fact that the additional power presents new challenges in terms of heat management and energy consumption. The external power brick was quite a cumbersome device which added unnecessary bulk.
Additionally, according to trusted sources, Project Scorpio will feature HEVC and VP9 codecs for 4K Netflix streaming—just like the Xbox One S—but the console will also utilize HEVC for encoding 4K 60 FPS video for Game DVR and streaming. The Xbox One currently only supports 720p 30 FPS video captures so Project Scorpio should be a massive upgrade. The machine should also give streamers and YouTube hosts an easy way to produce 4K 60 FPS content without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Hopefully Microsoft will upgrade Upload Studio with powerful editing tools so that content creators can produce quality videos.
When Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio to the world at E3 2016, they promised a true 4K device. What does that mean though? Not only must the console render games at 4K, but it must give users the ability to showcase that difference when they share clips and take screenshots. It’s understandable why the company wants to provide gamers with the ability to capture at such a high resolution as it’s an integral part of the 4K experience.