Xbox Series X Will Create HDR Support For Xbox 360 and Original Xbox

Published: May 28, 2020 10:11 AM /


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Microsoft announced some big Xbox Series X news this morning, which includes HDR support for Xbox 360 and Xbox games, an increase in framerate from 30 to 60, and 60 to 120 for some older games, and backward compatible titles receiving the 4k quick resume treatment.

While 15 Xbox Game Studios teams are working on making the "biggest and best line up of exclusives in Xbox history", Microsoft has announced some other cool stuff in the meantime. The Xbox Series X's custom processor was designed to be as compatible as possible with the past three generations of Xbox games, although they haven't put that up to chance, with over 100,000 hours of playtesting already completed:

Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless. By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.

This means that older games will be playable on Xbox Series X hardware, to the extent that they now run much better than they did before overall. That's not to mention the HDR support that will be added with "zero impact" to games that were developed 20 years ago, so if you were ever curious to see how the original Halo looked like in HDR, you'll soon find out.

There's a new Quick Resume feature that will work with new and old games. Players will be able to resume right where they left off across multiple titles, so they can get right back into the action. This also requires no additional work from title developers, which is pretty cool.

And last but not least, there will be a "select set of titles" will see their framerates go up from 30 to 60 FPS or 60 to 120 FPS, which is really cool. If we can't get 1440P 60 FPS this console generation, at least we can get it with every other generation up until now.

What do you think of this news? Are you getting an Xbox Series X? Let us know in the comments!