Microsoft dropped another news for their next-generation console today. The Xbox Series X will launch with support for over thousands of games from all generations of the Xbox.
“Led by Halo Infinite, our 15 Xbox Game Studios teams are hard at work creating the biggest and best line up of exclusives in Xbox history,” writes Jason Ronald, Director of Program Management for Xbox Series X. “We are incredibly excited to show many of the new games in development for Xbox Series X soon.”
All your games, franchises, progressions, achievements, and communities will be available on the Xbox Series X. Here’s what this means –
You’ll be able to jump into one of your favorite Xbox 360 games and resume exactly where you left off years ago. This is the power of backward compatibility.
Jason writes, “With more than 100,000 hours of playtesting already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today, from the biggest blockbusters to cult classics and fan favorites. Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless. By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.”
Backward compatible games will run natively on the Xbox Series X, combining full power of the CPU, GPU, and the SSD. “This means that all titles run at the peak performance that they were originally designed for, many times even higher performance than the games saw on their original launch platform, resulting in higher and more steady framerates and rendering at their maximum resolution and visual quality,” writes Jason. “Backwards compatible titles also see significant reductions in in-game load times from the massive leap in performance from our custom NVME SSD which powers the Xbox Velocity Architecture.”
In fact, Xbox Series X’s highlight feature, the Quick Resume will work with all backward-compatible titles. This will allow you to resume exactly where you left off in a game, that too across multiple titles. It will be an instant experience.
Jason writes, “The compatibility team has invented brand new techniques that enable even more titles to run at higher resolutions and image quality while still respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators. We are also creating whole new classes of innovations including the ability to double the frame rate of a select set of titles from 30 fps to 60 fps or 60 fps to 120 fps.”
Microsoft also left a short stab note for PlayStation by including, “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,” which is interesting and a must for marketing campaigns.
Xbox Series X is scheduled to be released during Holiday 2020. While the console seems extremely powerful, I’m still waiting for Microsoft to reveal the first-party launch titles. Only those make a console special and drives people to buy one.
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