Microsoft has announced six new Xbox 360 titles to be enhanced for Xbox One X via the Backwards Compatibility program. These include Red Dead Redemption, Gears of War 2, Portal 2, Darksiders, Sonic Generations, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
These titles will all benefit from a 9x pixel count increase in native resolution, allowing them to run in 4K when played on an Xbox One X console – all done via the Xbox 360 emulator without touching the original game code. Other benefits include faster loading times, improved performance, and 16x anisotropic filtering – as well as support for AMD’s FreeSync technology. This is all done by the Heutchy Method, a technology named after the Microsoft engineer who designed it, Eric Heutchy.
One X Enhanced games from Xbox 360 include Forza Horizon, Crackdown, Fable Anniversary, and The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings. At the launch of Xbox One X last November, fans could enjoy Gears of War 3, Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed, and Halo 3 with 4K upgrades on the new console. Halo 3 and Mirror’s Edge also benefitted from the addition of HDR to create more realistic colours and a higher contrast ratio with an increased peak in luminous lighting.
In addition to the new Xbox One X Enhanced titles from the Xbox 360 catalogue, Microsoft also announced 19 new Original Xbox titles coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility later this month. These include fan-favourites like The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Star Wars Battlefront, and SSX 3. You can find the full list of titles with their availability dates below.
Original Xbox games
releasing for Xbox One on April 17th:
Original Xbox games
releasing for Xbox One on April 26th:
Fans can enjoy all these titles on Xbox One through the Original Xbox disc they already own. If you don’t own a game you wish to check out, however, you can purchase it digitally from the Microsoft Store.
For more on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, check out our in-depth
review of the feature in-action with Forza Horizon, which states: “Xbox One is the best console to enjoy the games of the past, present, and future, and the 4K Xbox One X enhancement for Forza Horizon is a shining example of that statement. Kudos to Microsoft. That’s what you call the ultimate fan-service right there.”
Whether you’re returning to the American Wild West in Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One X in native 4K resolution or heading back into the fan-favourite Star Wars Battlefront II, there’s something for everyone in these latest additions to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. No matter which type of gamer you are, you’re sure to find a new title here to engage your interest.
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