4K upscaling too? Xbox One S is a bigger update than Microsoft let on

Microsoft has surprisingly revealed the forthcoming Xbox One S console will be capable of upscaling HD video games to 4K resolution.

Initially, the firm had revealed the slimmer device would play 4K video via an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, but had not mentioned the potential for gaming.

The bombshell was dropped by Jeff Henshaw, Group Program Manager at Xbox at an E3 session (via TechRadar).

Henshaw said: “It’s not native 4K, but the Xbox One S can upscale games from 1080p to 4K.”

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Although it won’t be quite as good as native 4K, it will mean those with Ultra HD displays will get a taste of gaming at the higher resolution before the holiday 2017 launch of the Xbox One Scorpio.

Since the initial reveal on Monday, plenty more news has emerged to suggest the ‘S’ console will be a considerable upgrade on the original.

As well as a 40 per cent slimmer body, the 4K Blu-ray player and 2TB hard drive, we’ve since learned the console will contain “additional processing power.”

That extra CPU and GPU oomph will be used exclusively to power games offering HDR graphics.

With Scorpio not dropping until the end of next year, this release will give Xbox fanciers plenty of food for thought.

Pre-Order: Xbox One S 500GB at Amazon.com from $299.99
Pre-Order: Xbox One S 1TB at Amazon.com from $349.99
Pre-Order: Xbox One S 2TB at Amazon.com from $399.99

Pre-Order: Xbox One S 2TB at Amazon.co.uk from £349.99

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