Sony’s PS4 Pro will not render games because it does not have enough horspeower to do that, however, it will run 4K in a checkberboard resolution which will give enough improvements so that it looks way better than what PS4 can output.
Scorpio’s native 4K support isn’t suprising because it is 50% more powerful than the PS4 Pro with 6 teraflops of computational power. It also comes out a lot later than the Pro which is expected to launch in November 2016.
For now, a Microsoft employee says that all 1st party titles will have native 4K support. Scorpio will also output HDR which requires you to have an HDR TV to fully enjoy the vibrant visuals. Xbox One S also supports HDR and will play games like Gears of War 4 with HDR enabled.
‘Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K.”
It remains to be seen if this extra horsepower benefits Microsoft or not. Sony has already sold 40 million PS4s and has a huge advantage when it comes to third-party support.