Xbox Insiders who own the Xbox One S or Xbox One X will soon be treated to a new display option, according to a Microsoft employee.
Xbox One S and Xbox One X will get 1440p support “very soon,” tweeted Kevin Gammill, Xbox Platform Partner Group’s program manager.
Many questions recently around the timing of our 1440p support. Those of you in our early preview ring should be pleasantly surprised very soon if you have an Xbox One S or Xbox One X.
— Kevin Gammill (@CmdrDesslock) February 16, 2018
Unfortunately, it sounds like 1440p on Xbox One S will be limited to video playback, while Xbox One X will support 1440p gaming.
You wouldn’t be blamed for not knowing about 1440p, as it’s relegated to computer monitors, having been superseded by 4K as the more commercially viable display for TV sets. In short, 1440p is basically the missing link between 1080p and 4K—it’s 2K.
The problem is that, while Xbox One X will supersample for 1080p displays, giving 1080p display owners a better quality image than they’d get with the Xbox One S, it doesn’t do the same thing for 1440p, leaving 1440p display owners with a less-than-optimized, 1080p gaming image. This new 1440p support will rescue them from resolution limbo.
The population of Xbox One players using 1440p displays is, I’d have to guess, comparatively small, with 1080p winning that race. However, it does give Xbox another way to push the Xbox One X as something like a substitute for more expensive PC gaming rigs. If a prospective Xbox One X balked at the new mid-generation console because they didn’t have a costly 4K gaming monitor, the more affordable 1440p option will give them a higher resolution gaming experience at half the price. Of course, it will be half the resolution, but it’s still an improvement over 1080p, and it gives Xbox One X another in for potential consumers.