Microsoft has always placed high demands on the backward compatibility of the Xbox Series X. It can play all XboxOne games, and can also support many games on the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox. Now, the company says that the Xbox Series X can automatically add HDR support to games
“Through collaboration with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Xbox Series X provides a new and innovative HDR reconstruction technology that allows the platform to automatically add HDR support to games,” explained Jason Ronald, Partner Project Management Director, Xbox Platform Team Road. “Because the platform handles the technology itself, we can enable HDR with zero impact on game performance. We can also apply it to Xbox 360 and the original Xbox games which are nearly 20 years old. Long before HDR exists”.
However, Ronald did not how Microsoft added HDR to existing games, Nevertheless, the company has added HDR support to old games such as “Mirror’s Edge” on Xbox One X in the past. Microsoft’s new “HDR reconstruction technology” is applied at the platform level. This means that developers do not need to do any work. Microsoft may just upgrade and process the game in HDR, similar to Apple’s way of forcing all non-4K content into 4K HDR in Apple TV 4K.
Microsoft Xbox Series X will increase games frame rate
The company also plans to improve some old games running on the Xbox Series X by increasing the frame rate. “The compatibility team has invented new technologies to enable more games to run at higher resolutions and image quality, while still respecting the original author’s artistic intent and vision.” Ronald said, “We have new innovation, including increasing the frame rate of a select set of games from 30fps to 60fps or increasing 60fps to 120fps”.
In addition to these game improvements, Microsoft also revealed that its Xbox Series X’s quick recovery feature can be enabled on existing backward-compatible games. The quick recovery feature allows you to quickly switch between multiple games.
All of these improvements are part of Microsoft ’s ongoing backward compatibility work. These features allow the first-generation Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games to run on Xbox Series X. Microsoft plans to showcase some first-party next-generation games in July. Ronald said: “Our 15 Xbox game studio team is working hard to build the largest and best exclusive lineup in Xbox history.”