Microsoft has announced another batch of Xbox 360 games that can be enhanced on the Xbox One X. According to Xbox Live Director of Programming Major Nelson’s blog, the games are The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Forza Horizon, Fable Anniversary, and Crackdown.
All of these games ran at a resolution of 1280x720 on their original console. With this update, the emulator that runs on the Xbox One X can run these games at 4K resolution, nine times higher. The update improves the textures and provides better antialiasing. It is also possible to play games like Crackdown with their original graphics, but they are enhanced by default. However, this is exclusive to the Xbox One X, and cannot be used on the original model nor on the Xbox One S.
However, it is possible that this may decrease the framerate of the game. The menu defines the options as optimizing for either “graphics” or “performance”. The menu notes that “optimizing for performance can make play feel smoother”, implying a higher frame rate.
Other Xbox 360 titles that have received the same updates are Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3, Gears of War 3, Halo 3, Mirror’s Edge, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Skate 3. “We’re thrilled with the continued excitement for Xbox One Backward Compatibility—the community has played more than 840 million hours of Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community. Preserving the art form of video games is part of our DNA, which is why Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present and future” said Bill Stillwell, Lead Program Manager of the Xbox Platform.
As of today, Microsoft has provided backward compatibility to “more than” 460 Xbox 360 games and 13 original Xbox games.
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