Xbox Series X Will Launch With “Thousands” of Enhanced Backward Compatible Games


Even better, Ronald confirmed that Xbox Series X will enhance the visual quality of these older experiences and even shared some new details regarding how, exactly, Xbox Series X technology will improve backward compatible games.

“The team was not content to just rely on the increased hardware performance to improve your playing experience,” Ronald says. “In partnership with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Xbox Series X delivers a new, innovative HDR reconstruction technique which enables the platform to automatically add HDR support to games. As this technique is handled by the platform itself, it allows us to enable HDR with zero impact to the game’s performance and we can also apply it to Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles developed almost 20 years ago, well before the existence of HDR.”

Along with enhanced resolution, it seems the team is actually aiming to improve the original frame rates of these older titles. Ronald notes that engineers are actually experimenting with doubling frame rates in some cases with 30 FPS titles now running at 60 FPS and some 60 FPS titles running at 120 FPS. However, Ronald does not give specific examples of which titles will be enhanced in such ways.

On top of it all, it seems that backward compatibility titles on Xbox Series X will benefit from the console’s Quick Resume feature which allows you to suspend the state of several games at once and resume whenever you wish.

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