Microsoft confirms 70 enhanced games for Xbox One X in its first week. The console manufacturer’s latest video game system is being heralded as the most powerful console ever to release, sporting a 6 Teraflop 1.172 GHz GPU, 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM, and 326 GB/s of memory bandwidth, with a liquid-cooling vapor chamber to boot. The biggest draw for consumers is the Xbox One X’s support of 4K gaming (and 4K UHD Blu-ray), but that doesn’t mean every game will render at that resolution.
The tech giant has made it abundantly clear that they want to allow developers to use the new hardware however they please. If they want to prioritize frames-per-second (fps) over resolution, they can. If they want to prioritize lighting effects and background assets to make their world more visually stunning, they can do that, too. However, each game that’s labeled as “Enhanced” for the Xbox One X will, in one way or another, perform better or look noticeably different from their regular Xbox One counterparts – and gamers will have plenty to choose from at launch.
Xbox Senior Director Albert Penello revealed on Twitter earlier this week that around 70 games (of the approximately 160 games already confirmed to be enhanced for Xbox One X) will be Xbox One X Enhanced during the new system’s first week of release. Penello didn’t specify which games will be available that week, perhaps because patches may still be in certification, but it’s fair to presume that titles such as Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Halo 5: Guardians will receive their respective updates at launch.
I think we're going to hit in the neighborhood of 70 right around release. I'm pleased given how many people said no devs would support :)— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) October 30, 2017
Not being cagey but I'm thinking within the first week we'll get to that number. As you well know things can change but that's the latest.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) October 30, 2017
Penello also mentioned that games that aren’t Xbox One X Enhanced will still perform much better on the platform, featuring faster load times and improved textures, among other things. What’s more, consumers that aren’t able to take full advantage of the system’s 4K capabilities will still benefit from purchasing the console. To be specific, those who play the Xbox One X on 1080p TVs will have their enhanced games supersampled to 1080p, whereas those who play on 4K TVs will have their games outputted at 4K resolution, along with other improvements across the board.
The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition sold out when pre-orders went on sale earlier this year, but regular Xbox One X systems are still available for pre-order at various retailers. Unfortunately, consumers will just have to wait and see exactly which games will be “Enhanced” at launch.
Source: Albert Penello
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