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Orange Box, Left 4 Dead get 4K enhancements on Xbox One X

Valve classics get visual upgrades in Xbox One’s backward compatible program

The Orange Box Xbox One X backward compatibility Valve Corp./Microsoft
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Fans of Valve’s classic Portal, Half-Life, Team Fortress and Left 4 Dead franchises may now enjoy these games with 4K enhancements on Xbox One X, Microsoft said today.

Five games from these series have been added to the Xbox One X’s list of enhanced, backward-compatible titles; they join a list of 17 others. The update means they each can now be played at four times the pixel count of their original resolution, a big leap for games that are now more than 10 years old.

The Orange Box, the 2007 anthology comprising Half-Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal, is necessary to play any of its now-enhanced games on Microsoft’s top-of-the-line console. If you don’t already have it, The Orange Box is available on the Xbox Marketplace for $19.99. It became backward-compatible with the Xbox One in 2016. Physical copies of The Orange Box are somewhat rare, even, fetching more than $60 on Amazon for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.