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Halo 3 and other Xbox 360 games will look better on Xbox One X

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Backward compatible plus improved resolution

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Four Xbox 360 games will get visual enhancements on Xbox One X when the new console launches next month, Microsoft announced today. Halo 3, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and the original Assassin’s Creed will all run at nine times their original pixel count and with expanded color details, starting Nov. 7, thanks to free updates.

Those four Xbox 360 games are already backward compatible on Xbox One, but thanks to a technique known as “the Heutchy Method,” named after the engineer who developed it, they’ll look better than ever on Xbox One X. The method “leverages the power of Xbox One X to let the Xbox 360 emulator present the very best version of the game possible with the existing assets—all without touching the game code,” Microsoft said in an official announcement.

Microsoft is using the same technique in its emulation of original Xbox games on Xbox One.

According to a report from IGN, some of the enhanced backward compatible titles have “10-bit color depth unlocked where they previously had 8-bit” and some have high-dynamic range (HDR) lighting enabled.

More than 100 Xbox One games will see some sort of visual improvement on Xbox One X, either with 4K resolution, HDR color or some other Xbox One X-enhanced visual upgrade, Microsoft announced in August.

Xbox One X will be released Nov. 7.