Microsoft launched the Xbox One X with a big promise to “enhance” games in order to take full advantage of the system’s improved graphics and power, and that promise wasn’t limited to just modern games. A handful of Xbox 360 games also received an upgrade, and, as Microsoft has just revealed, even more Xbox 360 game updates are on the way.
Albert Penello, the senior director of Xbox marketing, recently promised a fan on Twitter that we’ll see “more” Xbox 360 games get the enhancement treatment, and that they’ll be “coming soon.”
Yes. More coming soon!
— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) February 19, 2018
Currently, there are just seven enhanced Xbox 360 games available: Halo 3, Fallout 3, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War 3, Skate 3, Mirror’s Edge, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Penello didn’t reveal how many games will be added in this upcoming batch of games, but Microsoft tends to add games to the Xbox backward compatibility program in batches of two to four.
These enhanced games benefit from a higher resolution, with some getting an additional expanded color range or added HDR lighting. They also automatically join the Xbox backward compatibility program, with all of the benefits included there (not the least of which is the ability to play these Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One).
Of course, it’s also possible that the games Penello spoke of won’t be new additions to the backward compatibility program entirely. We may instead see games that have already joined the service receive updates offering performance enhancements on Xbox One X. Indeed, given the huge volume of backward compatible titles already available, it’s difficult to imagine at least some of these new enhanced games won’t be among the current lineup.
Penello didn’t say exactly when we can expect these new games to arrive, but the date should be “soon.”
As for the Xbox One backward compatibility program, the library continues to grow, with a new batch of games just announced.
Source: Albert Penello on Twitter