A new report from Windows Central suggests that press assets have leaked revealing that Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Forza Motorsport 7 will all run at 4K on the Xbox Scorpio, due out later this year.
The report notes that other games such as Call of Duty, FIFA 18 and Madden NFL 18 will also benefit from 4K scaling.
The third-party titles will be in addition to first games running at 4K such as Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2.
They mention “true 4K’ capabilities in the article but not “native” 4K capabilities, which makes me wonder if they’ll be checkerboarding at 1800p instead of native 4K? The PS4 Pro uses a lot of tricks and traps to achieve 4K for its games, or in some cases not 4K at all.
The other thing worth noting is that they don’t mention the frame-rates. Many in the comment section suspect that Forza Motorsport 7 will be native 4k at 60fps, which is a tall order for a 6TF system, especially considering that a lot of GPUs with a lot more juice than that still have a hard time hitting 4K at 60fps on ultra settings.
For instance, the GTX 1080 rocks 9TFs of processing power, and manages 81fps on Project CARS at native 4K, according to benchmarks from Tom’s Hardware. The GTX Titan X, which rocks 11TFs, could only manage 59.6fps in Project CARS at 4K.
It seems hard to believe that a console with nearly half the power would be able to run a game like Forza Motorsport 7 on ultra settings at 4K and 60fps. It would likely have to be medium settings, no AA, and no VR support, and it could probably hit 4K at 60fps consistently.
The Windows Central article does point to another solution Microsoft may have in mind, which is supersampling for 1080p TVs for games that can scale up to 4K. They also note that games with dynamic resolutions will supposedly automatically scale up to 4K as well, if you have a 4K TV. Again, they don’t say what the frame-rates will be like, but it’s a safe bet that anything that isn’t a racing game will likely target native/sub-4K at 30fps depending on how taxing the game is.
We’ll likely find out a lot more about the details of the Scorpio and its spec capabilities at E3 later this year.