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Blizzard: Xbox One X hardware 'incredible,' Overwatch 4K enhancements on the way

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Overwatch (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

The Xbox One X is not only the smallest Xbox by volume, it's also the most powerful, producing the best looking versions of games on any console. Several big-name titles have lent support with free Xbox One X "Enhanced" patches, including Assassin's Creed Origins, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: WW2, and soon, Destiny 2.

With Dialblo III, CoD:WW2 and Destiny 2, Activision Blizzard already seem to be excited about enhancing games for the Xbox One X, but what about its other major console franchise – Overwatch?

Well today, we got a response from Blizzard, pledging full-blown support for the Xbox One X.

Overwatch team is excited with great possibilities Xbox One X opens. The team is currently exploring how the game experience can be enhanced on this platform to leverage the console's incredible hardware, and is working on implementing 4K resolution in the game on Xbox One X. It is very important for the team to make sure the user interface looks natural on a truly big screen. We will share more details about our plans for 4K support on Xbox One X later.

Moira

Moira is the latest free hero coming to Overwatch, announced at this year's Blizzcon event. (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch is a fast-paced team shooter from Blizzard Entertainment, known for franchises like Warcraft and Diablo. In Overwatch, teams of six colorful heroes battle it out in objective-based play. The game gets frequent updates and support owing to purely cosmetic micropayments which continue to fund additional heroes, maps, and annual events.

It's great to hear Blizzard's intentions to bring 4K resolution to the Xbox One X version of the game. Overwatch's maps are full of vibrant designs and small details, and seeing them realized in 4K will be a treat.

To see the full list of Xbox One X enhanced games, hit the link below. And let us know what games you want to see Xbox One X enhanced in the comments.

Full list of Xbox One X enhanced games

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

16 Comments
  • "The Xbox One X is not only the smallest Xbox by volume, it's almost the most powerful" I think you mean 'also' there, Jez. 😊
  • lol, I noticed that, too :)
  • It doesn't matter. Paladins > Overwatch. Already has 4k. And is free ;)  
  • Whoops lol
  • So I bought the PlayStation 4 Pro and Overwatch like half a year ago and there is still no sign of Overwatch 4K support, and Xbox One X will almost get it on day one? It makes no sense to me why both consoles aren't equally supported. Anyway congratulations to the Xbox One X Overwatch owners!
  • My guess is that some studios have waited on Ps4 pro updates until both mid-gen platforms are available, to streamline the development. So hopefully you`ll get a PS4 patch also.
  • It did have 4K support, but just HUD. Digital Foundry uncovered that, and it is not impressive for me as Overwatch player. P.S. I played on my PC, play it with controller is not my taste.
  • I know that but this is so insignificant that it wasn't worth mentioning. It's like saying that they enabled a "4K fonts".
    I will not be commenting on your controller opinion. I don't think this is the right topic for that. Thanks anyway.
  • There was an enhanced update for Overwatch for the PS4 Pro last year. 
  • Yeah, just as kittananj said: only HUD is in 4K. It's "okay" but not exactly what I expected.
  • I think ease of development has a lot to do with it. From what I understand the One X is easier to develop for than the PS4 Pro. Reports over the summer when devs got their hands on the latest Xbox development kits they were stating that they were able to get something running on the X in day or so, if not in hours, compared to weeks to port standard PS4 code over the Pro. Microsoft went to great lengths to make a dev kit that can switch between the different iterations of Xbox at the push of a button and the result of that is showing at the amount of titles coming out of the X in rapid succession.
  • Shouldn't be a problem. Even on PC hitting 4k is not that hard.
  • 'not hard' just not really cheap either, for a decent rig that isn't a bunch of hand me down or bargain bin parts
  • Nice Blizzard!!! Ubisoft, take notes! *cough Rainbow Six Siege
  • but ive already got overwatch on my dell pc should i get another one for the xbox i dont get it?, seems confusing im still waiting for diablo 4 for the xbox btw guys and christmas is just weeks away oh gawd guess ill be playing diablo 3 then on xbox since you guys seem to have tied yourselves into knots why not put wow on the console and diablo on pc using your logic anyway im still waiting on diablo 4<3
  • but ive already got overwatch on my dell pc should i get another one for the xbox i dont get it?, seems confusing im still waiting for diablo 4 for the xbox btw guys and christmas is just weeks away oh gawd guess ill be playing diablo 3 then on xbox since you guys seem to have tied yourselves into knots why not put wow on the console and diablo on pc using your logic anyway im still waiting on diablo 4<3 *ps server seems to have not yet updated