Microsoft has shared some new Xbox Series X backward compatibility details that will have a transformative effect on older titles, such as Fallout 4.
We already know that games aiming for 60fps on Xbox One can now achieve that goal thanks to the added horsepower of the Xbox Series X and S. But what Microsoft hadn’t revealed so far was that some games previously limited to 30fps can be unlocked, essentially doubling the framerate.
It means that a game like Fallout 4, which was originally capped at 30fps (and often lower than that on Xbox One), can now run at a silky smooth 60fps.
It’s an impressive technological achievement that could benefit a number of existing games of the current generation. Check out what Fallout 4 looks like below:
Peggy Lo, head of the Xbox Compatibility Program, outlined how the new backwards compatibility feature works. In a blog post on Xbox Wire, Lo said, “… the backward compatibility team has developed new methods to effectively double the frame rate of select titles.”
Lo was keen to point out that not every title will suddenly benefit from a boost to 60fps, but the option is there for some games. While not applicable to many titles due to the game’s original physics or animations, these new techniques the team developed can encourage game engines to render faster for a buttery smooth experience that goes beyond what the original game has. would have yielded because of the game’s hardware capabilities. “
Microsoft’s commitment to backward compatibility is certainly admirable, and while Sony finally laid out its plans for how PS5’s backward compatibility works, the Xbox team couldn’t help but throw a crafty punch at Sony’s approach.
“Backwards compatible games run natively on Xbox Series X and S, with the full power of the CPU, GPU and SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the consoles for any backwards compatible game.”
Auto HDR for older games
In addition to the ability to double the frame rates, backward compatible Xbox Series X and S games will also benefit from Auto HDR, which adds a high dynamic range to improve overall visual quality. This works on titles that are not even made with HDR, such as original Xbox games such as Fusion Frenzy.
In addition, 16x anisotropic filtering is also enabled for almost all backward compatible titles, helping to clean up blurry textures in older titles. If you’re a fan of older games, the Xbox Series X and S will make your existing library even better than before.