In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Albert Penello of Microsoft discussed a little bit about Project Scorpio. During the interview Penello noted that there were never any last-minute changes to the specs and that the goal of 4K has been around since the beginning of development. Stating..
“Microsoft’s point of view on this is, the story is told in the product we’re shipping. We had to make those decisions long ago. So it’s funny how much people think we act or react to what Sony’s doing. But this decision was locked a long time ago. And it largely was driven on two things: one, a personal belief in 4K. This will be an interesting that the next time you and I chat we can continue to have.
“We don’t sign up for every media format change. There has been a lot of SmartTV stuff and 3D, and they didn’t really set the world on fire. I really believe in 4K and HDR. I have one myself. I thought I was going to regret it. I think it’s as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD, when you start seeing the native 4K content. And so we were just really bullish on it.”
Project Scorpio will release in the Winter of 2017.