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Streamers, rejoice — the Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio console will feature 4K 60fps video capture. Those concerned about aesthetics may also rejoice for the console will integrate its historically massive power brick within the console.
An exclusive report on Windows Central states that the upcoming console will feature full support for HEVC decoding and encoding as well as the VP9 codec for 4K streams. This means that the Project Scorpio console will natively decode 4K streams (without an inordinate hit to performance) as well as encode 4K streams on the fly.
With an increasing number of gamers taking to streaming services such as YouTube Gaming and Twitch, a 4K streaming option, also known as DVR, is perfect. The current Xbox One only manages to output 720p 30fps streams.
As Windows Central points out in its report, a streamer would normally have to use a video capture card to capture the output from his console in high resolution for streaming.
E3 2017, which will be held from 14-17 June, is going to be a big event for both Microsoft and Sony. Sony’s mid-season console refresh is already out, the PlayStation 4 Pro, and it’s making waves with its stellar games lineup and VR support. Microsoft so far has nothing to compete with it and Project Scorpio is meant to be the rival. And it’s supposed to be 30 percent more powerful.
While Project Scorpio has no VR support just yet, Microsoft is working on some sort of mixed reality headset and given the Xbox’ PC roots, it might very well end up supporting existing VR solutions like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.
Of course, Microsoft better have a stunning games lineup to support the console, or all will be for naught.