Several months ago I reported that Battlefront II would be 4K on Xbox One, but over the course of development, things changed a little.

I'd read on internal marketing proposals that EA's upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II would be "4K" on Xbox One X, and was a candidate for showcasing the console's power in future marketing materials. Obviously, with Sony having marketing rights to the game for PlayStation, that info became slightly problematic, but the 4K resolution aspect seemed to hold true.

Later, I'd heard that the resolution or, surprisingly, the frame rate, wasn't finalized, and EA and developer DICE were trying a range of configurations on both the X and the PS4 Pro to figure out how best to present the next entry in the franchise.

Now that Battlefront II's Xbox One store listing has been updated (thanks for the tip, @btontour1), it looks as though it will at least feature 4K on the Xbox One X, with variable refresh rate support (VRR).

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At Gamescom 2017, the PlayStation 4 Pro version of Battlefront II was presented at 1080p full HD, at 60 frames per second (via DigitalFoundry). With the Xbox One X version being capable of full 4K with the option of VRR, it sounds as though Battlefront II might support multiple modes across consoles.

Considering the vast majority of gamers won't have displays that support VRR (certainly not those playing on a TV), it's safe to speculate that Battlefront II will have multiple display modes on Xbox One X. Perhaps if you select 4K UHD modes, you lose the promise of 60 FPS gameplay, trading FPS for raw visual opulence. The Xbox One X supports AMD FreeSync for VRR, which means that compatible monitors can match the refresh frequency of games with irregular frame rates. Most monitors are 60 Hz, which made 60 and 30 FPS standardized for modern games. With VRR, Battlefront II could run at irregular frame rates anywhere between 30 and 60, and still provide a smooth, judder-free experience. 40-55 FPS on a FreeSync monitor can provide that level of fluid gameplay competitive shooters really need.

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There's no information yet on the final frame rate for the 4K Xbox One X version, but the VRR support could indicate that the final build of Battlefront II might not be locked to 60 FPS, at least when it is running at 4K. We've reached out to EA for more information on their plans for the Xbox versions of Battlefront II.

Xbox head Phil Spencer has often stated that Microsoft wants the Xbox One X to showcase the best console versions of each and every game, and it certainly looks as though Battlefront II will be among the titles that exemplify that goal.

Star Wars Battlefront II targets a November 17, 2017 launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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