Xbox Series X adds HDR to backwards compatible games

Xbox Series X will add HDR to backwards compatible games with no additional work from a game’s developer.

Showing off the feature to Digital Foundry, Microsoft confirmed it will use machine learning and algorithms based on Gears 5‘s HDR technology to map original SDR images to HDR. The technology was used to put HDR graphics on Xbox One’s Halo 5: Guardians alongside the original Xbox’s Fusion Frenzy.

“It can be applied to all games theoretically, technically, I guess we’re still working through user experiences and things like that but this is a technical demo,” Microsoft ATG principal software engineer, Claude Marais, told Digital Foundry.

“Let’s look at accessibility,” he continued. “If you have people that cannot read well or see well, you probably want to enhance contrast when there’s a lot of text on-screen. We can easily do that. We talked to someone that’s colourblind this morning and that’s a great example. We just switch on the LUT and we can change colours for them to more easily experience the announcement there.”

Stay tuned for more on Xbox Series X. The next-gen console will hit store shelves this coming holiday season.

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