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Xbox One X upgrades for Halo 3 backward compatibility showcased in new video

Halo 3
Halo 3 (Image credit: Bungie)

Microsoft recently announced that four Xbox 360 games will be seeing an upgrade next month, with the release of the Xbox One X. While updates for several existing Xbox One games have previously been announced, this latest unveiling has shown how select backward compatible titles can also leverage the additional resources.

So far, Microsoft has announced four "Xbox One X Enhanced" Xbox 360 titles – Halo 3, Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Among the improvements expected for these titles are increased resolutions and additional color depth via HDR, alongside other changes on a per-game basis. While the Xbox One has previously delivered enhancements to Xbox 360 titles, these four games are receiving tailored updates specifically with Xbox One X in mind.

Taking to the Xbox YouTube channel, Microsoft has begun to showcase the graphical upgrades to expect from Xbox 360 games running on Xbox One X, with footage from Halo 3's multiplayer mode.

These graphical comparisons show the extent of the upgrades, with a noticeable bump in resolution and improved textures. While at first glance these might not be drastic visual overhauls, small details will be felt over time – removing the rough edges seen on the ten-year-old title. Looking up-close at the user interface, close objects, and distant landscapes, clarity is a clear focus across the board.

What do you think of these graphical improvements? Will you be revisiting these games on Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

8 Comments
  • Are you READY!?!?!?!?
  • Halo 3 anniversary, please
  • They look good.
  • That's really interesting. Are they automatic enhancements or have they been revisited by the developers? Also, are they enhanced for Xbox One too?
  • They are enhanced on One S in the video comparison. They haven't even showed what its going to look like on the One X
  • Ah, right! My bad. Still, there's probably so much of an enhancement they can make, one thing is upping the resolution but you still have the polygon count of the original. These do surprisingly good though.
  • The developers aren't retouching it. The MS back compat team is handling the enhancements, but they still can't touch the base code so it's unlkely they'll be any asset improvements.
  • I misspoke. I was thinking of the KOTOR video. This is a comparison between 360 and the One X. I wonder how well it'll perform in The MCC. They did do some slight upgrades in that version of Halo 3.