It has already been confirmed the Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible up to four generations of gaming. Xbox One, Xbox 360 and games from the Original Xbox can be played on the Xbox Series X. In a blog post, Microsoft confirmed it will be adding HDR support and will double the frame rates of older games from 30fps to 60fps or 60fps to 120fps.
The Xbox Series X is coming already with top-end specifications. It is built on AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures and it will include 12 teraflops of GPU performance. In the blog post, Director of Program Management for Xbox Series X, Jason Ronald said Microsoft wants to offer much more than just the increased hardware gaming for the Xbox Series X.
“The team developed new platform level capabilities to ensure all of your games continue to get even better,” States Jason Ronald. “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.”
Much has been talked of the Quick Resume feature which allows players to resume gameplay from exactly where they left off. Microsoft confirms this works across multiple titles and it is backwards-compatible with older games.
On upping the frame rates of older games, Microsoft boasts of its ability to push the limits of game preservation and enhancement. “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 30 fps to 60 fps or 60 fps to 120 fps.”
Microsoft promises to share more information concerning the Xbox Series X as its launch gets closer for holiday 2020.