Microsoft isn’t eager to spill all the details about Xbox One before E3 next month, but they’re already hinting at 4K Ultra HD gaming capabilities. Forbes’ Matt Hickey recently interviewed Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. When asked if the Xbox One will be compatible with Ultra HDTV’s, Mehdi said, “The video and interface portions, absolutely. Games developed for 1080p will run at 1080p, obviously.” Later adding, “There’s no hardware restriction there at all.” With that said, it is theoretically possible to support 4K gaming if the developer so chooses.
The battle between Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 is heating up, despite the fact that neither has announced a release date nor a price. Sony has already stated that the PlayStation 4 will support 4K movies, but no support for 4K gaming. Gripes are already being made about the apparently lack of backward compatibility with older games on the two next-gen consoles. Others criticize the possibility of 4K gaming since current HDMI standards only support 4K at 30 fps (frames per second). This is fine for movies, which usually run at 24 fps, but games generally require at least 60 fps.
We can only speculate about the details until E3 rolls around next month, but it sounds like Microsoft has some 4K magic up their sleeves.