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Project Scorpio Can Run 4K Universal Windows Platform PC Games Natively – Rumor


With the PlayStation 4 Pro launching this week, the era of consoles capable of running games at 4K resolution will finally begin. While Microsoft stated a few times that their upcoming Project Scorpio will be running games at 4K resolution, we know very little about how the console will be able to do so. According to a new report, however, it seems like developers will have to do minimal work for this to happen if their games are also Universal Windows Platform games.

According to a report from Windows Central, one reliable source revealed that any game programmed natively for UWP on Windows 10 will run on Project Scorpio at 4K resolution. This means that all those who have had the pleasure of enjoying Gears of War 4 on PC at 4K and a few other titles, already have a good idea on how they will run on Project Scorpio.

The Coalition has previously confirmed that Gears of War 4 is ready to run at a 4K resolution on Project Scorpio. This is because Project Scorpio can run 4K Windows 10 Store Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games natively. If you've played Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 or Rise of the Tomb Raider at a 4K resolution on a high-end PC, you already have an idea of how gorgeous games will look on Project Scorpio.

Our source told us that any game programmed natively for UWP on Windows 10 will run on Project Scorpio with a trivial amount of changes. This has always been Microsoft's vision for UWP.

Microsoft's plans regarding Project Scorpio seem like will go beyond simply offering a 4K capable console. According to Windows Central, the Project Scorpio dev kits will be a "one-stop shop" for all Xbox development, streamlining development across the three platforms.

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. Our source told us that games such as Gears of War 4, ReCore, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Horizon 3 are already using this system on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs today. There's also a fair chance the new Call of Duty on the Windows 10 Store is also using this system to prepare for Scorpio, but without seeing the app's manifest, there's no way to know for sure.

Microsoft's Project Scorpio launches next year in all regions.