Xbox Series S Will Not Run Xbox One X Enhanced Versions Of Backwards Compatible Games
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Xbox Series S Will Not Run Xbox One X Enhanced Versions Of Backwards Compatible Games

Gemma Le Conte
14 September 2020

If you were expecting to play Xbox One X Enhanced backwards compatible games on the Series S, think again...

Microsoft has stated the Xbox Series S won't run Xbox One X Enhanced backwards compatible games

Instead, they will run Series S versions of titles which will include specific features.

Keep reading to find out more.

Xbox Series S Won't Run Xbox One X Enhanced Backwards Compatible Games

VGC reported that the Xbox Series S won't run Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox One and 360 games.

Although, it comes with "improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times, and Auto HDR."

“Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play next generation games at 1440P at 60fps,” A Microsoft spokesperson said. "To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s original intent, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR.”

Xbox One X Enhanced means that improvements are made on the original Xbox One titles.

This can be through resolution, frame rates, textures and more.

The Xbox One X is able to run games in 4K, the Xbox Series S can run games in 1440p and 120 FPS but doesn't scale to 4K.

Apparently the Series S will also have less RAM than the Xbox One X.

The Series S will have 10 GB of RAM whereas the Xbox One X has 12.

Some of the above statements can make the Series S seem subpar but there are reasons it redeems itself!

“It may be running backwards compatible games in Xbox One [S] mode, but because the GPU is so much more capable, and knowing what we know about how backwards compatibility works, you should actually still be able to clean up performance issues,” Digital Foundry's John Linneman reports. “So games that maybe struggled on Xbox One S – either the dynamic resolution was overly-aggressive, with slowdown and things like that – conceivably they could actually run noticeably smoother on this machine.”

One thing I'm looking forward to is that the Series S will have DirectX Raytracing.

Aswell as Raytracing, there will be variable rate shading and refresh rate, 4k media streaming, and more!

Do you think the Xbox Series S is worth purchasing? Let us know!

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