Microsoft today confirmed that 100 Xbox One games will be enhanced to leverage the power of its new high-end Xbox One X console.
As we've discussed previously, Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X console will play all Xbox One games even better than original Xbox One consoles, but these titles will need updates and patches to tap the full potential of the console's massively tweaked 6TFLOP Polaris GPU. In order to hit native 4K 60FPS in games like Forza 7, users must first download required patches and content that essentially "unlock" the console's power. Microsoft has put together the Xbox One X Enhancement Program that will mark all retail and digital games with special icons so gamers know which titles are enhanced.
During its Gamescom 2017 press event in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft has confirmed that 100 games will be enhanced on Xbox One X, including both new and old third-party and first-party games. You can find a full list of Xbox One X consoles here. Remember that Xbox One X enhancements don't automatically mean the game will run in native 4K 60FPS with HDR, far from it; Microsoft has confirmed that developers have full freedom to choose how to use the Xbox One X's power. This means that the game could simply get a boosted frame rate for 1080p and not even add 4K support. It's all up to the developer.
Xbox One X confirmed specs
- SoC: Highly customized 360mm² AMD System-on-Chip built on 16nm FinFET
- GPU: Polaris-derived GPU with 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz, 6TFLOPs of Compute Performance
- CPU: Custom x86 "Jaguar Evolved" 8-core CPU at 2.3GHz, 4MB L2 cache
- Memory: 12GB GDDR5 memory with 326GB/s bandwidth (12x 6.8GHz modules on a 384-bit bus)
- Storage: 1TB 2.5-inch HDD
- Media: 4K UHD Blu-ray player
The Xbox One X launches November 7 for $499. Check our massive content index for more information about the world's first enthusiast-grade console.