Microsoft plans to automatically add HDR support to the games available on its next Xbox Series X console. While existing games will have better rendering on the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is also working on adding mode support. HDR and even improves certain games from a locked frame rate of 30 frames / s to 60 frames / s, or from 60 frames / s to 120 frames / s.
“In partnership with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, the Xbox Series X offers an innovative new HDR reconstruction technique that allows platform to automatically add HDR support to gamesSays Jason Ronald. “As this technique is managed by the platform itself, it allows us to activate HDR with zero impact on game performance and we can also apply it to Xbox 360 and to the original Xbox titles developed there is almost 20 years old, well before the existence of HDR“
Ronald doesn’t explain exactly how Microsoft is adding HDR to existing games, but the company has in the past added HDR support to older games like Mirror’s Edge on Xbox One X. The news “HDR reconstruction techniqueFrom Microsoft is applied at the platform level, so it requires no work from the developers. Microsoft may just increase the size and process games in HDR, as Apple did for its Apple TV 4K by forcing all non-4K content to 4K HDR.
Microsoft also plans to improve and preserve some older games that work on the Xbox Series X by increasing the frame rates. “The compatibility team invented all-new techniques that allow an even larger number of titles to operate at higher resolutions and image quality while respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators.Explains Ronald. “We’re also creating new categories of innovations, including the ability to double the frame rate of a set of selected titles, from 30 to 60 frames per second or from 60 to 120 frames per second“
Cross your fingers so that this list grows longer before the end of the year holidays.
In addition, Microsoft has revealed that “thousands of games” are already playable on trial versions of Xbox Series X hardware. It is already clear that this will not be a game compatibility list 1 for 1 with Xbox One, but it will certainly include a whole bunch of games from the start.
Today’s Microsoft release speaks volumes about the difficulty of taking old games and making them compatible with the latest Xbox hardware.