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XCOM 2 gets unexpected Xbox One X upgrade (updated)

XCOM 2
XCOM 2 (Image credit: 2K Games)

Xbox One X gamers woke up to a rather surprising find this morning. XCOM 2, the beloved strategy game, is now Xbox One X Enhanced. While it's unclear what the exact upgrades are, during our testing we found the frame rate to be more stable and the visuals to be crisper on Microsoft's new console.

XCOM 2 suffers from a series of problems on a standard Xbox One. The game runs poorly and exhibits an unstable frame rate even after numerous patches. All of the issues appear to have been resolved with the latest Xbox One X patch on the new device.

The Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds, you must rebuild the XCOM division and ignite a global resistance to reclaim the planet and save humanity. However, this time around the aliens are more challenging and dangerous than ever.

XCOM 2 is a turn-based strategy game, where you fight aliens by moving your squad and shooting when the time is right. The mechanics are mostly based on strategic positioning and probability, so you have to place your fighters in optimum positions for the clearest shots. Throughout the game, you'll also have to upgrade your characters and base, alongside researching new technologies.

XCOM 2 is one of the deepest turn-based games on the market, and making sure that your favorite fighters survive is a top priority.

Update 2/20/18: XCOM 2 features 1440p resolution on Xbox One X with screen space reflections, better depth of field, and better anti-aliasing.

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8 Comments
  • Is this only for those with war of the chosen dlc? My xcom 2 isnt enhanced, and the community feed says they updated war of the chosen
  • It's for the whole game. Just open XCOM 2 and you should be prompted to update.
  • Ah, thanks. For some reason my updates just didn't load. Now if only I wasn't complete garbage at this game...
  • The finally fixed the game OMG, about time!!!! Runs way better on my Xbox one fat model BTW, complete changelog is on xcom official website
  • Speaking of turn based game... Beside XCOM and XCOM 2 any other good titles on Xbox???
  • There is an indy game that plays very similarly to Xcom called Massive Chalice.  Like XCom, it can be difficult, especially during the learning-curve's upward arc...  If you're a serious XCom fan, I'd say it's definitely worth the $20 bucks (free if you have gamepass or whatever they call it)
  • Yeah got that one... Need to re try it i had a hard time understanding the between matches mechanics.... I'm looking for jrpg like enchanted arms on 360... But on the one...
  • I really enjoyed the bloodline mechanic of Massive Chalice. I hope they make Xcom like game with Gears of War or Halo. I know for sure Jez & I would be super happy if this happens. :)