Microsoft is planning to automatically add HDR support to games played on its upcoming Xbox Series X console. Apparently, Microsoft has always placed high demands on the backward compatibility of the Xbox Series X. Not only can it play all Xbox One games, but also supports many games on the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox.
“Through collaboration with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Xbox Series X provides a new and innovative HDR reconstruction technology that allows the platform to automatically add HDR support to games,” explains Jason Ronald, Partner Project Management Director, Xbox Platform Team Road. “Because this technology is handled by the platform itself, we can enable HDR with zero impact on game performance, and we can also apply it to Xbox 360 and the original Xbox games developed nearly 20 years ago, long before HDR exists.”
Ronald did not specifically explain how Microsoft added HDR to existing games, but the company has added HDR support to old games such as “Mirror’s Edge” on Xbox One X in the past, and Microsoft’s new “HDR reconstruction technology” It is applied at the platform level, so developers do not need to do any work. Microsoft may just upgrade and process the game in HDR, similar to Apple’s way of forcing all non-4K content into 4K HDR in Apple TV 4K.
Microsoft also plans to improve some old games running on the Xbox Series X by increasing the frame rate. “The compatibility team has invented new technologies to enable more games to run at higher resolutions and image quality, while still respecting the original author’s artistic intent and vision.” Ronald said, “We have new innovation , Including increasing the frame rate of a select set of games from 30fps to 60fps or increasing 60fps to 120fps.”
In addition to these game improvements, Microsoft also revealed that its Xbox Series X’s quick Resume feature can be enabled on existing backward-compatible games. The quick Resume feature allows you to quickly switch between multiple games.
All of these improvements are part of Microsoft’s ongoing backward compatibility work, allowing the first-generation Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games to run on Xbox Series X. Microsoft plans to showcase some first-party next-generation games in July, Ronald said: “Our 15 Xbox game studio team is working hard to build the largest and best exclusive lineup in Xbox history.”