Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has shed light on Microsoft’s gamble to pursue 4K gaming with Xbox Scorpio, saying the company created the console with the expectation that the transition to 4K TVs would happen midway through the generation.
“We saw 4K TVs coming, and we made a prediction that 4K TVs were going to be a thing during this generation,” Spencer told Gamasutra.
The Xbox exec noted how the transition from SD to HD televisions happened during the shift from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 era. “It was nice because we could just kind of ride that and say okay, 360 is an HD console. OG Xbox is an SD console,” Spencer said, noting that while there were some progressive mode titles on the original Xbox, Microsoft “could use that as a kind of clean cut.”