What you need to know
- Xbox unveiled several new features and specs for the Xbox Series X today.
- This information included new details on backward compatibility for Xbox Series X.
- Using machine learning, HDR can be applied to older games that lack it, such as Halo 5: Guardians.
- Certain games can also receive increased resolution, such as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
The mountain of Xbox Series X information that was released today contains some interesting details relating to backwarc compatibility. While Xbox provided some great benefits for Xbox One X owners, Xbox Series X is taking backward compatibility to a new level altogether.
To start off, as detailed by Digital Foundry, Xbox is using machine learning to implement HDR into games like Halo 5: Guardians and Fuzion Frenzy. This was done without developer input — a machine learning algorithm studied the HDR in Gears 5 and used IT to figure out where highlights were needed. This can be done across all generations of Xbox games: Xbox One, Xbox 360 or Original Xbox titles.
This goes beyond HDR though, as select Xbox One titles that never got Xbox One X enhancements can be improved without any developer work. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which runs at 1080p on Xbox One, now runs at full 2160p (4K) on Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X is scheduled to release in Holiday 2020.
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All of this information has got me pumped for release. Now bring on the games!
Me too, was hoping for a release before November. Was hoping that maybe Microsoft had that up their sleeve.
This new console is going to be our champion against PC gaming
It is certainly in a better position than the Xbox One was when it launched. Though the advantage will swing in for PC fairly quick, and remain for many years.
But the Xbox One Series X is estimated to cost between $450-$600. I don't think you can buy a graphics card that can do 4k 60fps w/ray tracing for that, much less a full on gaming PC.
Nvidia is probably going to release a new set of cards this year (they generally release every two years), and AMD are going to drop their new cards very soon as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the Series X is surpassed in power before it's released.
Now this is a huge game changer for me. To go back and add HDR to older games brings them a few gens foward.
they might lose the console war if they don't include VR...
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