Some Xbox One Games Might Run Better on Project Scorpio, Xbox Head Says

Games with dynamic scaling like Halo 5 won't need to scale the resolution to keep the frame rate stable.


Microsoft recently confirmed that the Xbox One S won't give the games you already own a power boost, but it sounds like the more powerful Project Scorpio might. Xbox head Phil Spencer appeared on GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb's Live at E3 show and said that if a game uses dynamic scaling then it will "run a little better."

"If you look at a game like Halo 5, [it] implements something called dynamic scaling," Spencer explained. "As scenes get more complex, in order to maintain 60 frames per second, they will actually change the resolution that you're running at, and they're not the only game that does this. So if you run that game on Project Scorpio you're actually going to be at the max frame rate of that game more often."

Spencer didn't mention any other examples of games that would run better, but if all games that use this method would show better performance on Scorpio, then you could expect dynamic-scaling games like The Witcher 3, Doom, and The Division to sustain their max frame rate much more easily. However, Spencer isn't interested in making this one of the more powerful console's marquee features.

"I'm not going to put that as a top-selling feature of Scorpio because not all games use dynamic scaling," Spencer explained. "I'm trying to be transparent with people with the design of Project Scorpio and what it was designed for. It was designed in order to enable these high fidelity 4K experiences. So some of the existing games will actually run a little better if they're using dynamic scaling."

Despite the better performance of some existing games, Spencer says you shouldn't "buy Scorpio to run your existing library of games."

This announcement is part of Spencer's plan to be transparent with what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One. That's why the company revealed two consoles at its E3 press conference.

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