Microsoft has been a lot more transparent about what their next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, will be capable of, compared to the secretive ways of Sony with their PlayStation 5. In a recent news post, the company revealed that players can look forward to not only thousands of backwards compatible older games, but they will also be running with improved performance and graphics.
Xbox Series X Director of Program Management Jason Ronald said that older games on the Xbox Series X will be able to benefit from HDR support, as well as increased framerates from 30FPS to 60FPS or even 60FPS to 120FPS for selected titles.
The statement reads:
“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.
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 30fps to 60fps or 60fps to 120fps.”
In addition to all that, older games on the Xbox Series X will also work with the console’s new and innovative Quick Resume feature, which enables players to resume exactly where they left off across multiple titles running at the same time.
I’ve already previously pointed out how the Sony is being too coy and tight-lipped with the PS5, especially in terms of backwards compatibility and what exactly their console can do. At this point, we know a lot more about the Xbox Series X than the PS5, which may ultimately prove to be in Xbox’s favour in the next-gen console wars.
Your move, Sony.