The director of Final Fantasy XV says they haven’t worked with the new consoles from Microsoft or Sony yet. In fact, he says he found out about the upcoming Project Scorpio while sitting in Microsoft’s green room.

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During an interview at E3 earlier this week, FFXV director Hajime Tabata told me he got to find out about the ambitious new Xbox project while waiting backstage at Microsoft’s conference, where his team showed off their newest demo, the Trial of Titan. (It was a bit sloppy.)

We were talking about optimization, and...

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Schreier: Now that Sony and Microsoft are both announcing new consoles, the Scorpio and the Neo, have you guys been working with that stuff at all?

Tabata: No, we haven’t started anything... I first learned about Scorpio at the [Microsoft] conference. I was there waiting in the green room and I go ‘ooh wow, what’s that?’

Schreier: That’s pretty funny. Do you think it’s cool? What do you think?

Tabata: Until I actually see something moving on it I’m not gonna get a real feeling of what it can do and grasp it, but certainly listening to the specs being reeled off, I think that did sound like something that’s got quite a lot of potential. It’d be really great though if we could have Final Fantasy XV something we can play on the current-generation Xbox One and PS4 and also give them that choice that when the new, stronger-generation hardware comes out, to have them play at that level as well. I’d really like to be able give them that... I think you’ve probably got a 4K TV in your house, haven’t you?

Schreier: (laughing) No, I don’t!

Tabata: It’d be really great if we could give people the option, so the people who have hardcore 4K TVs, they could play on those. Just like you I don’t have a 4K TV, so we should play on the current generation.

Schreier: (laughing) Yeah, let’s focus on that.

Tabata: (laughing) Let’s all focus on the current generation.

We’ll have the full Q&A up on Monday. It was a fun one.