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Even Xbox 360 games – including Halo 3 – are getting Xbox One X enhancements

by Eric Frederiksen | October 24, 2017October 24, 2017 7:00 am PST

One of the big selling points of the Xbox One X is that Xbox One games just play better on it. Everything is backwards and forwards compatible, but many existing games are getting Xbox One X-specific enhancements to things like texture quality and frame rate that make for a noticeably better experience. But apparently Microsoft isn’t restricting that to Xbox One games, as four Xbox 360 games will be getting Xbox One X enhancements, reports IGN.

Assassin’s Creed, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Halo 3 will be seeing Xbox One X-specific enhancements when the system releases two weeks from now.

These titles will be getting features like 10-bit color, upgraded from 8-bit color (that’s billions instead of millions), HDR lighting, and 9x the on-screen pixel count – stuff the launch Xbox One and Xbox One S can’t do. These games already play more smoothly on the Xbox One, and this is further enhancement on top of that.

Here’s a video of Halo 3, via IGN, running on Xbox One X. The differences can be startling, with textures that were missing on Xbox 360 popping in on Xbox One X, and textures acquiring new depth. While it’ll vary from title to title how much of a difference it makes and what is changed, it’s still impressive to see.

Microsoft is keeping quiet about whether we could see this happen with other titles. It’s likely to be a pretty rare scenario, as it involves putting people to work on games that won’t make much – if any – more money. Even so, these aren’t just games from Microsoft; Ubisoft and Bethesda Softworks are two of the bigger publishers these days, and that’s a good sign. We could see more games like this if the demand is high enough.

Are you picking up an Xbox One X? And is the first game you drop in going to be the brand new Forza Motorsport 7, or maybe something a little more 2007?

The Xbox One X hits on November 7, and the updates for all these games will be freely available to anyone with the disc or digital ownership at that time.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...