What's new with Xbox Series X|S backward compatibility?
Modern games often implement high dynamic range (HDR) to improve overall visual quality. Xbox Achievements have also been added. "Auto HDR automatically adds HDR to games that were only released with SDR", but without spoiling the artistic vision of the original studios. You can take a look at some SDR vs. Auto HDR comparison images below. It won't even cost you anything. Chief among the new and interesting announcements is the fact that the new consoles will utilize "new methods" to effectively double the framerate on some backward compatible games.
While this technology is impressive, and appears to require very little input from the original developers, it'll be interesting to see just how many games end up utilising this technology, or whether it will be limited to a select few games. And, if you haven't secured a Series X or S yet, follow our Xbox preorder guide for the latest up-to-date retail links.
On its blog, Microsoft detailed this new technique which is set to bring "next-gen performance to your favorite games", including "Higher, steadier framerates [making] games feel smoother, resulting in more immersive gameplay". Now gaming accessory maker Nacon is offering Designed for Xbox official controllers specifically for use with Android devices, xCloud, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
But the bit that most fans are excited for is the potential of a doubling of frame rates: games that run at 60fps instead of 30fps, and games running at 120fps instead of 60fps.
According to Lo, playing your old Xbox games will also be easy.
As Microsoft notes, when you turn on one of the new consoles for the first time, your entire digital library of 360 games will be ready to download - provided they're backward compatible with the system. And, with cloud saves, you'll jump right back in where you left off. According to Lo and Xbox, cloud saves will "soon be free to all Xbox 360 users", enabling you to upload your Xbox 360 game saves to the cloud without needing to have an Xbox Live membership.