Xbox Scorpio to hold back power

Xbox Scorpio to hold back frame rates to be the same as Xbox One.

To finish off their E3 conference this year, Microsoft announced that they are working on Xbox Scorpio. The Xbox Scorpio is supposed to break the wall between console and PC gaming. Having eight CPU cores, 6 teraflops of graphics computing power, support for 4K video and VR support. By all means it is supposed to be the console to compete with high end PC's.

But it turns out, all that power might not be used. 

When asked about frame rates between the two consoles, Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis said:

“No, there wouldn’t be a frame rate difference, because typically the frame rate is determined by the game developer and what’s right for the gameplay mechanic,”

Loftis then continued to mention Killer Instinct as an example due to it being available on Xbox One and PC. She stated that KI is locked in at 60 frames per second and unlocking the frame rate for PC "ruins the competitive nature of it.”

When talking about the difference between games for Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio, Loftis states:

“We think of them as Xbox One games that may take advantage of the 4K rendering abilities of Scorpio. If you put a 4K game in a non-4K box it’s going to render at 1080p. It will still look beautiful. Same with HDR. That will all work correctly.”

Loftis did not reveal a price point for Xbox Scorpio which is due to release during the holidays of 2017 but she described the Scorpio as a "premium piece of hardware" which makes us think that it will be above the normal price for the current Xbox One. 

What do you think? Are you upset that Xbox Scorpio won't be using all of its power? Or do you like knowing that the games will play the same on both consoles? Let us know in the comments!

Published Jun. 26th 2016
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  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I bet my friend $100 that the Scorpio won't be able to do AAA games in 4k at 60fps. So excited for when Scorpio comes out, I get 100 bucks and buy some upgrade for my PC.
  • Joey Marrazzo
    Featured Contributor
    Scorpio will be able to do 60fps. It won't be able to get higher frames due to the lock that they are putting on it so it doesn't ruin "the competitive nature."
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    There is still absolutely no way it will do 4k at 60fps. You need dual 1080's to do stable 4k at 60fps+. Unless the Scorpio is $1500 and a total beast, there's just no way it will do it. Yeah, sure it will be able to do 1080p at 60fps or do Netflix at 4k. There is just absolutely no way it will be able to do say Call of Duty at 4k and 60fps.
  • Joey Marrazzo
    Featured Contributor
    Phil Spencer said that it will finally deliver true 4k gaming. I'm guessing 'true 4k gaming' means 60fps.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I'll believe it when I see it haha.
  • Joey Marrazzo
    Featured Contributor
    Same here. But for now, I'm enjoying my 70 fps on overwatch on my PC
  • Kevin Malkiewicz
    I am betting that Microsoft will be treating their consoles as bargain priced PC's since they are merging the Xbox and PC game titles. When this console comes out, PC power will be far ahead putting this console on par with mid to low-tier PC's (or current high end PC's). So I agree with you, no way 4k 60 fps is fathomable. Enjoy your $100!

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