Each game enjoys a higher resolution, 9x the pixel count, increased texture detail, and anti-aliasing on Microsoft’s most powerful games console.
Microsoft is attempting to compete with Sony by offering a few key features on Xbox One that Sony simply doesn’t have on PS4. Top of that list is backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. But with the launch of the more powerful Xbox One X console, Microsoft has gone a step further. Not only are Xbox 360 games playable, some of them are being enhanced specifically for the Xbox One X.
Yesterday, Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced that four new Xbox 360 games had received the Xbox One X Enhanced treatment. They are The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Forza Horizon, Fable Anniversary, and Crackdown. It takes the total number of enhanced games up to 11, with the other titles being Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3, Gears of War 3, Halo 3, Mirror’s Edge, Oblivion, Skate 3.
Most of the hard work was done getting these games to run on incompatible hardware in the form of the Xbox One, so what does the Xbox One X enhancement add? Microsoft describes it as “the very best version of the game possible with the existing assets.” Each game will run at a higher resolution and 9x the pixel count along with increased texture detail and anti-aliasing.
The enhancements can be turned off by pressing the “View” and “Menu” buttons to bring up the Xbox 360 guide. Once there, navigate to “Settings” and select “Xbox One X Settings.” Two options will be presented: Graphics and Performance. Graphics enables full enhancement and will be turned on by default. Choosing Performance will see the game graphics return to how you’d see them on an Xbox One S and may allow a game to run more smoothly.
Expect Microsoft to continue pushing out these Xbox One X Enhanced game updates as well as expanding the Backwards Compatibility catalogue. The Xbox One needs all the advantages it can get with the PS4 disappearing into the distance and the Nintendo Switch catching up fast.