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Xbox Series X can improve older titles with HDR and 120FPS support

Xbox Series X can improve older titles with HDR and 120FPS support

With the Xbox One, Microsoft delivered on its promise to make older games easily accessible on modern hardware. And it looks like the company is continuing that trend with the Xbox Series X. Specifically, you can look forward to automatic HDR upgrades and frame-rate doubling, bringing some titles to 0 FPS and even 120 FPS. Microsoft has hinted at these features previously, but today’s blog post by Jason Ronald, the director of Xbox Series X program management, confirms we’ll actually see them when the console lands.

“The team developed new platform level capabilities to ensure all of your games continue to get even better,” said. “In partnership with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Xbox Series X delivers a new, innovative HDR reconstruction technique 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 30 and original Xbox titles developed almost 20 years ago, well before the existence of HDR.”

Of course, Ronald was coy about how exactly Microsoft was delivering that HDR reconstruction. But we got a glimpse of it back in March when Eurogamer dove into the Xbox Series X’s specs. The console was able to add a convincing layer of HDR to Halo 5 using machine learning, with no input from the game’s developers. It’ll be interesting to see how well that technique works across an entire game though, as HDR rendering can adversely affect how lighting is presented. (Everything might look too dark, for instance.)

As for bumping games up to higher framerates, Ronald just hinted at “whole new classes of innovations” that could help the system bring 30 FPS games to 0 FPS, and 60 FPS games to 120 FPS. The latter will be particularly helpful to owners of newer TVs that can support 120Hz refresh rates. It should help gameplay look smoother than before, and together with HDR reconstruction it could completely transform how we experience older titles. 

Additionally, Ronald noted that older games will run natively on the Xbox Series X, giving them complete access to the system’s faster CPU, GPU and SSD. Yes, that means you’ll see load time improvements. Even better, the system’s new quick resume feature, lets you instantly pick up a game from where you left off, will also work on older titles. And good news for developers, since these improvements are at the system level, they won’t need to do any extra work to support them.

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