Xbox Series X will allow backwards compatible games to run at 120FPS, adds HDR
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Xbox Series X will allow backwards compatible games to run at 120FPS, adds HDR

Lloyd Coombes
28 May 2020

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - your old games will look much better.

Xbox Series X is still expected this year, and it could make your Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games much better than you remember them - with framerates of up to 120FPS and new HDR implementation.

While PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility is limited to PlayStation 4 titles (as far as we know), Microsoft is touting the Xbox Series X as the "most compatible console ever".

In a new blog post, director of program management for Xbox Series X (there's a job title) Jason Ronald explains the addition of HDR to games potentially twenty years old.

“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,”

This is achieved at a platform level, so devs won't need to go back to old games. Presumably, this will be an opt-in service for them.

On the potential for vastly improved framerates, Ronald explains that “the compatibility team has invented brand new techniques that enable even more titles to run at higher resolutions and image quality while still respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators."

“We are also creating whole new classes of innovations including the ability to double the frame rate of a select set of titles from 30fps to 60fps or 60fps to 120fps.”

The post keeps things pretty vague, but the possibility of running original Xbox games, Xbox 360 titles, and current-gen Xbox One titles at a vastly improved resolution and framerates right out of the box is exciting for longtime fans that have built a sizeable library. 

The company's current flagship console, the Xbox One X, can already output some backwards compatible titles at resolutions as high as 4K. Backwards compatibility was announced for the Xbox One at E3 2015 and has been regarded as one of Microsoft's biggest successes of this console generation.

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