Xbox Series X optimized for video games of the past

Don Sharpe
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  • The Xbox Series X is  a backward compatible device, meaning that you can play games from the past on it.
  • The next-gen video game console ships holiday 2020.
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Xbox Series X

Microsoft has revealed a lot about its upcoming next-gen console, Xbox Series X. As you may know, the hardware boasts superior load times and performance, powered by a custom designed chip. It supports frame rates of up to 120 FPS and a screen resolution of 4K.

Unlike these game-changing technologies, the issue of backward compatibility does not usually come to the fore during Xbox Series X discussions. But it strikes at the core of Microsoft’s belief in preserving cross-generational gaming legacies.

Microsoft talks up cross-generational gameplay on Xbox Series X

Remember those favorite titles you did not want to stop playing but you had to because the latest Xbox did not support them? Well, Microsoft says it is optimizing such games to play on the Xbox Series X.

The games will leverage the full CPU, GPU, and storage capabilities of the next-gen console to deliver superior gameplay.

Also, Microsoft will be using high dynamic range (HDR) reconstruction to optimize the older games for top performance on the hardware.

Apart from that, HDR will enable you to play titles developed for older platforms nearly 20 years ago.

Not only should gamers be able to play all of these games from the past, but they should play better than ever before. Backwards compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X hardware, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and the SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the Xbox Series X for each and every backward compatible game.

The futuristic console launches toward the end of this year. Microsoft used its first Xbox 20/20 event to showcase the platform’s game-changing features like ray-tracing and super high definition screen resolutions.

However, the real deal is getting to play games on the actual hardware.

Looking forward to the nostalgic experience of playing older games on the next-gen Xbox? You can always share your thoughts via the comments section below.