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Original Xbox games run at 16 times the resolution on Xbox One X

Only a handful of games will be available tomorrow but they're all amazing experiences. However, how will they look? Will they take advantage of the added power of the Xbox One? What about the Xbox One X?

Microsoft's Albert Penello, who leads marketing for Xbox consoles, revealed details of how the titles will be presented on the Xbox One and Xbox One X. Just like Phantom Dust, original Xbox games will witness dramatic enhancements because they'll run at four times the resolution on Xbox One and sixteen times the resolution on Xbox One X. Penello confirmed this through a series of posts on Twitter.

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While the increase in pixels should result in a clearer picture, note that this isn't a guarantee of 1080p or native 4K. Microsoft is just increasing the resolution of the original titles by four or sixteen. When asked about whether this meant that original Xbox games would be native 4K, Penello clarified that resolutions are diagonal and it's basically going to mean 960p on Xbox One, and 1920p on Xbox One X. 1920p is still higher than 1080p so games should look their best on Xbox One X.

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When Microsoft originally announced original Xbox backward compatibility, many users were worried that games would look blurry and almost unplayable on modern displays. It's great to see that Microsoft took the time to properly upgrade the titles for modern displays. It's also great to see that they look the time to make these titles truly shine on Xbox One X! Which game are you most excited to play with these upgraded resolutions? Let us know. In the meantime, you can get a look at how much of a difference the increased resolution makes in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Fusion Frenzy in the videos below.

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12 Comments
  • Man, they have made a good job of these.
  • The Xbox team sure does some amazing work.
  • If only the Windows Phone team were half as good.
  • Well if the games don't sell they will cancel Xbox all together then Xbox will join windows phone and groove and all because people did buy original Xbox games lmao
  • I actually think they did a very good job with Windows Mobile.  That's why I've been using a Windows phone since 6.5.  Mobile failed because Microsoft kept changing directions.  What developer would want to create apps when the OS is so volatile?
  • Phone runs different app from PCs. No devs will code and QA for ios (huge user base), android (huge user base), WinPhone (very small user base) and win10pc (huge user base). Therefore, no matter how MS tried, it just won't work. Chicken&Egg.
    That is why win10arm is a good move. I'll throw away Nexus if win10arm can give me XPA gaming or browser + plugins.
  • OG Splinter Cell Double Agent!
  • Great. Now do this with the Xbox 360 titled please.
  • Everything good in Microsoft leaves inside the XBOX team!!! Congrats guys!!!
  • Nice, at least they didn't leave it up to the devs to enable / add this to their games - I hope they don't as otherwise will end up with a scenario where some games looks pretty decent and others... not so much.
  • can't wait for Rallisport Challenge 1 & 2, I'm going bananas if they ever arrive at Xbox One.
  • I would like to see the burnout series broughty back, especially Burnout 3 with the updated visuals.