Games for the original Xbox One are fully compatible with the new Xbox One X, and it is expected that games will be released that work fine on the original console but will be enhanced to native 4K when the game is run on the new machine.
Tripwire Interactive, the development studio behind Killing Floor 2, announced that the game is coming to Xbox One on August 29th. It took very little engineering effort to get our base Xbox One game running on the Xbox One X. It took maybe 4 hours of programming effort total.
"Killing Floor 2 runs at native 1800p, fixed resolution (no checkerboarding) on Xbox One X. We did experiment with true 4k rendering, but the frame rate drop was a bit too significant".More news: England vs South Africa: Dean Elgar Resistance Takes Match Into Fifth Day
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Now, however, it would appear that Microsoft has made a decision to just go all the way with the Xbox One X and support 4K gaming natively so that the entire image is rendered straight out in 4K. Running the game at 1800p allowed the game to run at a stable frame rate with ultra quality textures with improved shadow draw distance and maps.
"As you can see in the D2 Beta, the PS4 Pro is already supporting dynamic 4K resolution", Noseworthy commented.
The PlayStation 4 supported playback of 4K video from the outset (although gameplay was limited to 1080p), while the original Xbox One was limited to a maximum of 1080p resolution for everything.
Killing Floor 2 is scheduled to release on Xbox One at the end of next month.
A fan recently asked Xbox head Phil Spencer on Twitter if we would be seeing any kind of bundles surrounding both the forthcoming console and the proper 4K HDR tv. But it sounds like Toshiba, Samsung, LG and other television makers would certainly be game in offering some sort of deal that throws an Xbox One X into the mix. We like that because it means the industry will grow because the better the experiences, the more people want to have it.