Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra: Project Scorpio Is ‘Going Well’, Dolby Atmos Will Come To 3rd Party Apps, And More

The future of Xbox… at least as far as the little things go, anyway.

Posted By | On 28th, Dec. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


We’re headed into the new year, the year that Microsoft will finally be detailing more of their upcoming Xbox One Scorpio, ahead of its Holiday 2017 launch. However, it’s not like they haven’t talked about the system so far- in fact, one could easily make the argument that they have talked too much about it. So of course, excited and eager fans want to learn more of it.

When Xbox’s Mike Ybarra decided to take to Twitter to answer some of these questions, we ended up learning a whole lot about the system, and about Xbox in general. Ybarra confirmed that development on the Scorpio is ‘going well,’ which… isn’t actually much, but I imagine it’s all that we’ll get.

In other news, he also decided to clear the air on some of Xbox’s other policies and initiatives. Discussing, for instance, why HDR compatibility for games like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4 was only present in the Xbox versions, and not the PC ones, Ybarra pointed out, correctly, that there aren’t a whole lot of PC monitors out there yet that support HDR.

Ybarra also promised that the upcoming Dolby Atmos functionality on Xbox will ‘eventually’ be compatible with everything, including third party apps, which makes it sound like it will be restricted to Blu Ray and UHD Blu Ray playback for now. Still, it’s good to know that won’t be the case forever.

It’ll be exciting to see how this, and all the other new things going on behind the scenes at Xbox, pan out in 2017. It should be an exciting year for Xbox fans, that’s for sure.


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  • jp

    YES!~

  • john

    stupid remark that pc monitor dont have hdr which is true but im a pc gamer and i play on my 4ktv hdr so what type of excuse they pulling off.

    • Mark

      If u have a Twitter account, you should ask Phil or Ybarra directly man. I know I would. That sucks

    • Gamez Rule
    • LDS

      You get to pay money for Xbox live so you can play online when it’s free on PC 🙂

    • Luke Skywalker

      question…do the game you play support hdr on PC? what games support hdr on PC? because since little to no PC monitor supports the color standard it would sort of make little sense to include the feature in much or any game….so i’m curious.

    • john

      I’m not talking about monitors what ms needs to realize is that pc gamers not only play on monitors. Its like saying pc gamers only play with keyboards yet some play with any controllers. The pc is capable of being played in any style you can play on a tv, monitor, couch desk so much man. The only game i was able to play on HDR for the pc was shadow warriors 2 which was not bad and next will be resident evil 7 HDR pc on my 4khdtv hdr.

  • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

    Can’t wait for the xbox fans to praise the forced Kinect 3.
    They’re still claiming only a salty 6TF versus our 8.4TF

    #SaltyTearsBalance

    • Mark

      I’d love a forced Kinect 3

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Xboxers loved the Kinect 2 been forced.
      I’m sure you guys will support it no matter what.

    • Mark

      It’s not that I just love Kinect, but that I want it forced onto me

    • crazy_black_man-

      “In” to you Mark. Forced “in” to you.

    • Mark

      Lmao. This guy Lag Fighting is a funny dude

    • Michael

      Like sony forced people to pay for psn after it was free or after they forced to buy ps3 with Linux and forced it away…lol

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      You are reaching for them stars aren’t you.? Just fighting to find something you can argue about.

      How about the company decides after years of “FREE” service to charge money so that they may offer a superior experience over their infrastructure.

      But you people only want to rip the negative away from it all and take what you want. Instead of any kind of contribution that is actually positive. I had paid for Xbox live befor Sony’s free online, so truly either you are a sorry excuse of a fan in general, or have no idea where your loyalty to a brand lies.

    • crazy_black_man-

      PSN is still free on PS3 if I remember correctly, and no one is being “forced” to play online on the PS4.

    • Michael

      It should be free when you get hacked and lose millions of dollars, people private information and down for over a month. NOW you pay and it’s still no better…lol

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      You have a sad life don’t you……?.? It is okay…haterism usually passes after some time of getting your facts shoved down your throat.

    • Ralph Burton
    • Luke Skywalker

      I think the take-away from your comment is the imaginary “8.4tf” number. where did you get that one from cerny? the same person that said native 4k needs 8tf?
      http://wccftech.com/mark-cerny-8-tflops-native-4k/ but yet the ps4pro uses checkerboard upscaling to reach that 4k res?
      if the ps4pro has 8.4tf then why in 4k mode cerny’s own game, knack seems to struggle so much and turn off features like shadows and other effects to stick the resolution?

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      PS4 Pro does 4k NATIVE, enjoy your salty tears 612p Native.
      8.4FT is exclusive deal with AMD on the console for only Sony to use.
      – Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Battleborn (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Bound (Native 4K@60FPS + MSAA x2 upscaled from MSAAx8 in normal gameplay / in VR mode: rendering to 4K internal screen which is then supersampled to 1080P display in PSVR + new effects like volumetric lights + sharper shadows)
      – Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Native 4K)
      – Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Farming Simulator 17 (Native 4K)
      – FIFA 17 (Native 4K@60FPS + Higher resolution depth of field buffer)
      – forma.8 (Native 4K@60FPS + 8xMSAA )
      – Futuridium EP Deluxe (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA – X HD (Native 4K)
      – Hustle Kings (Native 4K)
      – Locoroco (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Let It Die (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Mantis Burn Racing (Native 4K@60FPS / Native 4K@30FPS for 4 player split-screen / + HDR)
      – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Native 4k (most of the times but scales down to 80% of it which is 3072 x 1728 in heavy scenes) @30FPS)
      – NBA 2K17 (Native 4K@60FPS + HDR)
      – Neon Chrome (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Ni-Oh (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Parappa The Rapper (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Patapon (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Rez Infinite (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Smite (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – The Elder Scrolls Online (Native 4K@30FPS + HDR)
      – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Edition (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – The Last Of Us Remastered (Native 4K@30FPS with the best shadows + HDR)
      – The Witness (Native 4K@30FPS + 2xMSAA + HDR)
      – Thumper (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Viking Squad (Native 4K@60FPS + 2xMSAA)
      – Wheels of Aurelia (Native 4K@60FPS)

    • Dani

      Wow you’re a lost one…the official PlayStation website states it’s a 4.2 TF. It doesn’t get any clearer than that.
      It is not 8 and it won’t reach 8, and it’s not a ‘Sony exclusive’ thing. It’s a method that can be achieved on PC and Scorpio as well (but won’t be done by anyone…including Sony)
      Scorpio will bury this thing. Better framerate, better resolution and better graphical fidelity will be available on Scorpio. keep your upscaled rubbish that is struggling to run on 4K TV’s and doesn’t run OG PS4 games any better.
      Greatness awaits.

    • Clint Hoffman

      Last I saw the chipset had been modified and yes it was a special mod for Sony. The reason it’s a mod is that the mainstream gpu did not have those capabilities in this format when devoplment started. Think of it like an intermediate upgrade between hardware cycles. The extra tflops should assist devs with more performance options to maximize when a full 32 bit instruction is not required. While it may assist with 4k displays I’d rather they used any extra gains for more detailed 1080p.

    • Buddy you’re the most ignorant daft person if you believe the ps4pro is capable of 8.4tf lol

      The ps4pro is only capable of only upscaling 4K textures in 32bit using a checkerboard method that most tvs use! The X1s is 1.8tb amd.achieves 4K upscaling with hdr support!

      But in turn the ps4pro is very much capable of 8.4tf but only in 16x16bit which could do 4K but it would look like side scroller games with crap textures..so dream on! The ps4pro has already been put through the tests and it’s been proven there’s no benefit at all and in some cases struggles to achieve what the current ps4 does! Lol

      So to make even more sense of this lesson! By going by what Mark cerny said about the ps4pro being capable of 8.4tf using that previous method I explained, would mean the scorpio would be capable of 12tf!

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      PS4 Pro can do 4k Native. 8.4TF method is Sony console Exclusive.
      – Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Battleborn (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Bound (Native 4K@60FPS + MSAA x2 upscaled from MSAAx8 in normal gameplay / in VR mode: rendering to 4K internal screen which is then supersampled to 1080P display in PSVR + new effects like volumetric lights + sharper shadows)
      – Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Native 4K)
      – Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Farming Simulator 17 (Native 4K)
      – FIFA 17 (Native 4K@60FPS + Higher resolution depth of field buffer)
      – forma.8 (Native 4K@60FPS + 8xMSAA )
      – Futuridium EP Deluxe (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA – X HD (Native 4K)
      – Hustle Kings (Native 4K)
      – Locoroco (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Let It Die (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Mantis Burn Racing (Native 4K@60FPS / Native 4K@30FPS for 4 player split-screen / + HDR)
      – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Native 4k (most of the times but scales down to 80% of it which is 3072 x 1728 in heavy scenes) @30FPS)
      – NBA 2K17 (Native 4K@60FPS + HDR)
      – Neon Chrome (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Ni-Oh (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – Parappa The Rapper (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Patapon (Native 4K + HDR)
      – Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Rez Infinite (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Smite (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – The Elder Scrolls Online (Native 4K@30FPS + HDR)
      – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Edition (Native 4K@30FPS)
      – The Last Of Us Remastered (Native 4K@30FPS with the best shadows + HDR)
      – The Witness (Native 4K@30FPS + 2xMSAA + HDR)
      – Thumper (Native 4K@60FPS)
      – Viking Squad (Native 4K@60FPS + 2xMSAA)
      – Wheels of Aurelia (Native 4K@60FPS)

    • Massamo

      the ps4 pro can’t do 8.4TF

    • Psionicinversion

      8.4TF sony console exclusive LMAO, they ripped that out of the vega architecture and nvidia pascal has been doing Half precision since it release half a year ago lmao.

      put it this way AMD already announced MI25 vega GPU 12.5TFLOPs single precision, 25TFLOPs half precision. ALL vega can do it no problem and scorpio will be 12TFLOP half precision

    • Michael

      Pony tears can’t change facts no matter how much hype you put behind ps pro. SCORPIO is the better hardware.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Suck on the teet of lies this one does…

    • Nintengods

      LMAO @ MisterPMedia Over here

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Still trying to find one 4K native game on your girly hardware
      nintendont boy?

    • Nintengods

      Mister P media thinking PS3 games at 4k is “Impressive”

      Hilarious https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3df2397c47fb5c207cebd8cde919cdd8bfab1e02ec84818d9bfaa5d4747cc4c.png .

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Come on, name just one 4k game on the switch?
      Shaking hands with PC isn’t it

    • Nintengods
    • Arc

      hahahahahahaahahah 8.4 TF !!!

      Ok if PS4 PRO have 8,4 TF scorpio minimum 12 TF 😉

    • Tomaterrrx

      Lol 8.tf you must be an idiot. Those are for 16-bit floats (old 3d games) and modern games use 32bit floats where the PS4 Pros graphical power is at 4.2tf.

    • Tomaterrrx

      Just delete your account if you want to stop embarrassing yourself. Look at this thread. No one wants you and everyone thinks you’re a fool with the mental capabilities of my 7 year old cousin. Actually, that’s insulting my cousin. Never mind, you have the mental capabilities of a dead rat.

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      You want the Kinect 3 right?

    • Tomaterrrx

      I want Kinect 3, 4, 5 and 6. I want all the Kinects in the world!

      No

  • BelAirBoss

    Scorpio with Dolby Atmos and hopefully DTS:X (???) for games? Now that’s worth listening to.

  • Mark

    So you say Microsoft’s talking about Scorpio too much, but actually, you guys in the media are the ones CONSTANTLY asking them, about it, ahaha. C’mon Pramath. If y’all wanna avoid Scorpio discussions for a moment, then stop asking about it…

  • omarcominyo

    Please don’t be white!!

    • Luke Skywalker

      OG Xbox was black
      Xbox 360 was black and white
      xbox 360 slim was black
      Xbox one was black
      Xbox one S was white

      I think it’s safe to assume that xbox scorpio will be black on launch or have a black sku.

    • Clint Hoffman

      Say what?
      The 360 release version was white. It became black in later versions. The one was back then went to white as the S. Hope Scorpio is black with white highlights or something like that.

    • Luke Skywalker

      hmm for some reason i’m thinking the xbox 360 elite coming out roughly the same time as the Core and Pro skus. the elite was black and the other two were white.
      black with matte silver would look pretty good and match with most TVs well

  • XanderZane41

    Greatness is finally coming. More to come in 2017.

  • Andy Maas

    I’m looking forward to the Scorpio

    • crazy_black_man-

      If course you are. Youre tired of the crap you’re putting up with daily on that stupid Xbox One. They’re banking on using the old bait and switch on you again.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Just like Sony did with their less than capable “PRO!”

    • crazy_black_man-

      The Pro isn’t even necessary. The base PS4 still kicks the crap out of the Xbox One S. Don’t embarrass yourself.

    • Gamez Rule

      It’s true☺

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      No embarrassment here… Just pissed that these companies are doing what they are doing. They are going to alienate a user base by spitting out console after console. I get that the times mostly require hardware to be more on point than ever before, but they need to make a system that is powerful enough and stick with that bad boy. Not these incremental “upgrades” as they’re nickel and dimming us to death with garbage upgrades.

      I would have bought the new PS4 in a heart beat, but they left out so many things that should have been a give in hardware wise. Like my buddy said it….”I’ll end up buying the damn thing for the exclusives to get the best experience possible!!” Sure …..if they do the right thing and actually go for 60fps over that substandard (horrid in any case) 30 frames. Issues need to be voiced from the consumer, but if people just keep on buying just because that is wat they “know” then we are all out luck in the ultimate end.

    • Andy Maas

      Don’t u have something better to do scumbag

      Sent from my iPad

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Thank you very much! Love the saltiness!

  • Mr Xrat

    Slimy Mikey getting hot tips from his scummy boss.

  • crazy_black_man-

    There is no enthusiasm in saying “it’s going well”. That sounds like something you say to an ex girlfriend who dumped you when you unavoidably run into her at Starbucks. “Its going well”.

    • Michael

      That’s what they said about no answer sky and the last guardian during development. We all know how that turned out. One was crap and the other was crap 9 years later…lol

    • crazy_black_man-

      So with that reasoning, you’re confirming that the Scorpio will be crap then? Do you even realize what your saying half the time or is your mouth just running on autopilot with your brain on standby.

    • Michael

      Lol…look who’s talking. A pony with the brain of a jackass.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Michael, youre so desperate to fit in around here. Its kinda sad.

    • Gamez Rule

      ☺☺☺

  • Psionicinversion

    Dplby Atmos works already in nearly all headphones so thats probably why its a good feature for people. how well it will work i have no idea

    • Gamez Rule

      It sounds really good. I have the Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar connected to my TV and used the PS3 ( yes PS3 ) to play the new Blu-Ray Star-Trek movie which uses D-Atmos and it was awesome. ( also works on PS4 / Pro ) but you must make sure the player is set at Bitstream

    • Psionicinversion

      yeah just had a look. seems like it will send the signal out as dolbyTrueHD/Digital plus but then the atmos probably fills in the height channels on ps3 or something. maybe ps4/pro just sends the whole signal and your soundbar does all the work. For £1300 i should hope it sounds good to hahah 😀

    • Gamez Rule

      It really does sound good mate.

    • Psionicinversion

      i bet it does. soundbars are pretty good for a front facing bar. Ive got a 300watt LG one that i got when i had my TV years ago but its mostly wasted cus i download most of my films so most of the different audio is stripped out. £1300 bit pricey for me for a sound system.

  • Austacker

    I cannot wait for the new Xbox Scorpio. I haven’t dipped my toes into the VR market either so it’s going to be a lot of new gaming experiences which I’m super excited for in 2017.

    I’m #teamxbox and proud of it!


 

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