Valve Classics are Enhanced for Xbox One X

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox 360, Xbox One with 3 Comments

It looks like I’ll be playing Half-life 2 for the upteenth time, as Valve’s biggest game titles are now available in Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility and have been enhanced for Xbox One X.

Oh my.

“Four new Xbox 360 titles will be available enhanced for Xbox One X: The historic collection of Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle announced. “Whether players are revisiting these iconic titles or experiencing them for the first time, they’ll see them with the stunning visuals only the Xbox One X can deliver.”

According to Microsoft, these enhanced games run at higher resolutions with up to 9x the pixel count of the original Xbox 360 versions. And as is always the case with Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility titles, this was achieved without requiring the developer to touch the code or create new assets.

There are now 21 Xbox 360 games that have been enhanced for Xbox One X and over 500 Xbox 360 titles in Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility overall.

“Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community,” Tuttle continues. “Preserving gaming classics is part of the Backward Compatibility DNA, which is why Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present, and future. We’ll continue to deliver on our vision of compatibility and grow our current Backward Compatible library.”


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