Project Scorpio to Include Integrated PSU and 4K Game DVR?
Ashley Allen / 3 months ago
According to insider reports, Microsoft will include an integrated PSU and a 4K game recorder inside its new 6TFLOPS Xbox One upgrade, currently known by the codename Project Scorpio. While an integrated PSU in the Xbox Scorpio wouldn’t be too much of a surprise – last year’s hardware refresh, the Xbox One S, had a built-in power supply unit, rather than the external brick earlier models relied on – it wasn’t a given, considering the significant increase in power the console is sure to demand. Microsoft’s is also showing its dedication to 4K gaming with its new integrated DVR feature which, since separate 4K video capture devices are pretty expensive, could make the Scorpio the go-to console for YouTube gameplay videos.
“In Microsoft’s efforts to make Project Scorpio a true 4K system, it will also feature HEVC and VP9 codecs for decoding 4K streams for things such Netflix, just like the Xbox One S,” Windows Central’s Jez Corden writes. “It will also leverage HEVC for encoding 2160p, 60 frame-per-second (FPS) video for Game DVR and streaming.”
“Microsoft’s Beam streaming service has been running public 4K stream tests for some time, and it’s now fair to assume it will not only be PC streamers who will benefit,” he explains. “Project Scorpio’s Game DVR will allow you to stream and record clips in 4K resolution with 60FPS, according to our sources, which is a massive, massive step up from the 720p, 30FPS you get on the current Xbox One.”
“We now believe Scorpio will sport 4K Game DVR, 4K Blu-ray playback, and 4K streaming apps, but the real showstopper will be the 4K games,” Corden adds.
This is an unconfirmed report, so we may have to wait until Microsoft unveils Project Scorpio at E3 2017 this Summer to find out for sure.