Xbox Series S Won’t Run Enhanced Versions Of Backwards Compatible Games

Xbox Series S Won't Run Enhanced Versions Of Backwards Compatible Games

Following the recent reveal of the Xbox Series S, more details have begun to trickle out regarding Microsoft’s lower priced next-gen console. One such detail is that, while the console is touted as being capable of running backwards compatible games from the Xbox One and Xbox 360, it will be unable to run Xbox One X Enhanced versions of said titles.

The news comes by way of the folks over at VGC, which reported that the Xbox Series S won’t run Xbox One X Enhanced versions of both Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. “Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play next generation games at 1440P at 60fps,” a Microsoft spokesperson said to VGC.

To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s original intent, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR.”

As noted above, the plus side is that the Xbox Series S will still build upon Xbox One S versions of games with its own suite of improvements. Given the reported specs of Microsoft’s lower-priced console, it was  “almost a foregone conclusion” that this would end up being the case, according to Digital Foundry.  “I think this is something that maybe had not been considered by some folks,” Digital Foundry’s John Linneman said. “If you’re playing an Xbox One game [on Series S], it’s not going to be the Xbox One X version of the game. You’re not going to get the 360 4K backwards compatibility or things like that.”

The Xbox Series S is slated to release on November 10th for $299.

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Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.


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