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Xbox One X games will breathe new life into your 1080p telly — here’s how

The Xbox One X may bring native 4K HDR gaming experiences to console owners for the first time, but Microsoft isn’t forgetting folks who’ve yet to upgrade their television sets.

Microsoft has explained how gamers with humble 1080p television sets will still see substantial visual improvements over games on the Xbox One S console.

Some of the benefits from the Xbox One X Enhanced program will be carried over for owners of regular old HD televisions.

Related: Xbox One X 4K HDR games

In a YouTube interview with Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb, Albert Penello from the Xbox team explains things.

He says: “One of the features we have on the Xbox One X is called supersampling, which scales down all of the 4K data and image quality to a 1080p screen.

“So, 1080p users will still get the benefit of the advanced textures, the faster frame rates and the higher quality imagery, even if they’re not displaying it in native 4K.

“A 1080p supersampled image is still a huge improvement over a native 1080p image.”

Penello says the console’s 50% faster hard drive will also improve loading times for gamers without 4K TVs.

“If you haven’t upgrade to a 4K TV there’s still a bunch of reasons to get an Xbox One X and it’s still going to be the best place to play the best versions of the games” he adds.

Enhanced explained

The Xbox One X Enhanced tag, that’ll be prominently featured on game boxes and marketing material, will signify the title has been tweaked by developers to harness the full power of the new console.

So games like Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature an enriched mode for more advanced textures and lush environments, as well as a native 4K mode.

Forza 7’s enhancements include native 4K HDR visuals and 60fps graphics.

Not all Xbox One X Enhanced games will support 4K HDR, but all that are will be marked accordingly.

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