Middle-earth: Shadow of War's 4K and 'Favor Quality' mode detailed for Xbox One X

However, what does that mean? What exact enhancements will be part of the package once Xbox One X launches in November? Today we got the answer.

According to an infographic released by the publisher, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will feature two distinct modes on Xbox One X. The first, as expected, is the 4K mode which features native 4K resolution through dynamic scaling and this increases detail. There are also better textures on display and an optional pack to download 4K cinematics. The "Favor Quality" mode is potentially more interesting though.

The Favor Quality mode not only increases texture detail due to the high-quality assets, but it also increases draw distances, uses better shadows and lighting, adds more vegetation in certain scenes, enhances ambient occlusion, uses higher polygon counts, and uses better texture filtering. Get all that? You may have to read through that again. The changes are that extensive!

We initially started out thinking that Middle-earth: Shadow of War may look best in native 4K but the Favor Quality mode took us by surprise. It'll definitely be a treat to compare both modes when they launch with the Xbox One X. Which mode will you play the game in? Let us know. Middle-earth: Shadow of War launched a few days ago on Xbox One so if you want to play it now be sure to check out the game at retailers. It's an Xbox Play Anywhere title as well.

Be sure to read our early impressions of Shadow of War right here.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.