Between debates of who, PlayStation 4 Pro or Project Scorpio, tackles 4K better arrives a rumor that might give Microsoft a leading edge.
According to sources close to Windows Central, developers working on Project Scorpio will find it considerably easier to achieve native 4K resolution if the games in question are programmed for Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
The recently released Gears of War 4 is apparently ready to run at 4K resolution on Project Scorpio. While there have been talks of how developers will have to invest resources to make their games achieve 4K greatness, The Coalition has seemingly done the same with minimal work.
If the rumors are legitimate, the developer of Gears of War 4 didn’t have to jump through hoops to make the game support native 4K resolution. This is because Gears of War 4 is a UWP product.
“The Coalition has previously confirmed that Gears of War 4 is ready to run at a 4K resolution on Project Scorpio,” claims the report. “This is because Project Scorpio can run 4K Windows 10 Store Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games natively.”
This also confirms another aspect of Microsoft’s upcoming console upgrade. PC owners who have played UWP titles such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, or Rise of the Tomb Raider at 4K resolution should have a fair idea of how beautiful games will look on Project Scorpio.
According to rumors, this has been Microsoft’s vision for UWP all along. The idea is to not burden developers by forcing them to take advantage of beefy hardware. In fact, Microsoft is focused on making that job easier so that developers can achieve greatness with their games with “trivial amount of changes”.
The company’s plan to streamline development for its three platforms has great potential, as the report suggests: “When a game is being run by a customer, it will detect the hardware making the runtime request and unpack the correct assets dynamically. Since UWP games on PC already support most Xbox features, including controllers, there will be a minimal amount of work involved when bringing PC UWP games to the Xbox consoles.”
Project Scorpio is scheduled for launch next year worldwide. It’s safe to say that Microsoft is targeting fall 2017 as its release window to take advantage of holiday shoppers.