Xbox One X “4K Ultra HD” Label Includes Dynamic Resolution, Checkerboarding

That label won’t always entail native 4K for Xbox One titles.

Posted By | On 13th, Jun. 2017 Under News


After Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio) and showcased several of games running on the console, it began introducing us to various labels that games would carry. Xbox Wire actually details the labels, which include “4K Ultra HD”, “HDR” and “Xbox One X Enhanced”.

The “4K Ultra HD” label is interesting because, as pointed out by nynt9 on NeoGAF, it doesn’t just encompass native 4K resolutions but games that use checkerboard rendering (the same technique as the PS4 Pro) and dynamic resolutions.

Though it’s a given that not every game will be able to run at native 4K and hit 60 FPS (like, say, Destiny 2), it’s still worth noting that checkerboarding and dynamic resolutions are a thing on Xbox One X titles.

Interestingly, the “Xbox One X Enhanced” label means that, “A developer has done special work to take advantage of Xbox One X’s 6 teraflops of power. Specific enhanced features will vary by game.” We suppose this refers to features like supersampling, anisotropic filtering and so on.

What are your thoughts on the Xbox One X, which releases on November 7th? Let us know in the comments below.


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    A developer has done special work to take advantage of Xbox One X’s 6 teraflops of power. Specific enhanced features will vary by game.
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    • Orion Wolf

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    • Wei Feng

      Stiil does salty checkerboarding upscale to 4k at salty 30

      A monster – that upscales, dynamic or checkerboards

    • Gamez Rule

      Still lacks console only exclusives, Still lacking third party exclusive content deals, while PS4-Pro has 4K Native 2160p at 60fps game playable right now while people wait for Xbone X release, and more important is this Xbone X is still lacking VR games and playing catch-up to Sony.

      As Sony stated “it’s all about the games” why can’t people see that lol.

    • Orion Wolf

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      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      GT Sports looks worse than GT6 and still can’t do native 4k.

      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Smart guy

      Lol truuuuuue

    • Aenea

      LOL, quite a few things or there are plain false! Pro does do HDR for instance, all PS4’s actually do, even the original model.

      The true 4k gaming thing is exactly the same thing the Pro does.

      One X doesn’t do any VR/MR at this moment and there are no concrete plans if and how they are going to do it.

      And a few of them are just repeating the same thing.

      Also has things on there like freesync which isn’t being supported by ANY TV yet and we don’t know when those TV’s will arrive.

      And let’s face it, you also mention normal features of the Xbox One, so we could extend this list with all the features the PS4 has that the X1 does not.

      And ehmm, some are rather subjective, and even plain stupid!

    • Orion Wolf
    • Mr Xrat

      Forza still looks like a 360 game.

      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Gamez Rule

      Driveclub still looks better than Forza 7.

  • Gamez Rule
    • Wei Feng

      Classic, “We have a system that can do 4K native* unlike the PS4 pro”

      *game maybe checkerboardered like PS4, real, upscaled or dynamic.

      How ironic of Microsoft.

    • JC

      Likely because not all devs will use 4k assets in their games and the X1X will still upscale it?

  • kee1haul

    luckily there is already a list of 100+ 4k games.

    • Aenea

      LOL, no there’s not!

      There’s a list of (way less than 100 than) games which will get the new “4k Ultra HD” label and that label is also put on games that do dynamic scaling and/or checkerboard rendering (or similar, non-native) techniques.

      There’s currently only ONE game that we know for sure off that it’s native 4k and that’s Forza.

      We now know that when MS says “4k” or “true 4k” they mean that it can have the label “4k Ultra HD”…

  • theduckofdeath

    Everyone one knew XBOX would use dynamic resolution and checkboarding techniques and whatever else they can come up with not compromise overall performance. The split, percentage of native 4K games will be higher than PS4 Pro, as well as the rendering resolutions in many cases.

    • Dougdec92

      wait there…not so fast….no xbox two right now pls…let us have our laugh first…and from Phil and Aaron, we didnt know xbox one x will do unnative 4k, so pls spare us that explanation.

    • theduckofdeath

      Xbox Two is years off, and I don’t know what you would be laughing at, but knock yourself out.

      XBOX 1X has say, 80% games at 4K30fps, while PS4 Pro has 20% of games at 4K30fps (just rough numbers). Some games will inevitably usr dynamic rendering or checkboarding techniques. Dynamic rendering has even made its way to PC games, which is surprising.

      MS isn’t dictating what 3rd parties can do with their titles. We will see many different and hybrid solutions.

      To say you honestly thought Phil was saying every single game would be at least 4K30fps, you would be flat out lying. Did you believe every PS4 game would be 1080p30fps?

    • Dougdec92

      yh i almost knocked myself out laughing and i will try it again

      and please spare me that crap about dynamic resolution…may i draw your attention to Phil’s finisher on the 2016 xbox e3 conference, when you have finished watching that and gotten your comprehension skills in order, then you reply me,son of a Phil.

    • Aenea

      It will be more like: 20% on Pro, 23% on One X…

      The rest will use tricks, the actual pixel count could be higher on the One X, but the Pro has custom GPU extensions to support checkerboard rendering, it also has the ID buffer extension that can help with it. Since the One X can’t have the exact same extensions (they are Sony’s, not AMD’s) they might have to do it completely in software which then might negate the extra horse power it has…

      Since MS was bragging about all their custom stuff they added inside the One X’s APU I would’ve expected them to say they also have this baked in, since they didn’t I’m assuming there isn’t one…

    • Gamez Rule

      Fact is the Xbone X is not a *TRUE 4K Gaming console that allows for visuals in true 4K without sacrificing quality and without compromises*

      TRUE 4K ( in my views ) is able to play 99% of games at native 2160p *4K* without needing checkerboarding or dynamic resolutions to keep a solid frame-rate within the game, while still applying high settings throughout as a standard. And Xbone X cannot do that.

    • theduckofdeath

      I couldn’t say. MS seems to be avoiding speaking on sub-4K native rendering outside of clarifying 1080p support for XB1X. I’m sure there are several checkboarding techniques as Sony didn’t invent the practice. Their implementation is just one solution to one upsampling technique.

    • Gamez Rule

      MS on their E3 Scorpio video stated…

      *True 4k gaming, the highest res- the highest framerates, without compromises*

      Phil stated on that same E3 stage…

      “Scorpio will do visuals in true 4k visuals without sacrificing
      quality”

      Oh IMO they lied as Xbone X is just another console that needs checkerboading as well as making compromises to reach TRUE 4K in most games just like Sony’s PS4-Pro and that’s far from a *TRUE 4K Gaming* console *with visuals in TRUE 4K, without compromises* like they stated.

      Xbone X ( like PS4-Pro ) is still using compromises to hit 4k while using checkerboarding and in fact the games like Anthem, AC-Origins etc are not true native 4k shows this.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a94491858ddd6597a636a14341c138e4ca8711fa4e0f3e008855bb2e5fea8803.jpg

    • theduckofdeath

      You are paraphrasing and taking sound bytes. MS is only responsible for MS games — not 3rd party. You can’t take what was said about Forza and apply it system-wide. We all know what you’re implying isn’t accurate, and has never been accurate — it’s a console. The best one could hope for is native 4k@30fps for the largest percentage of games, not all.

      Not to mention the white paper being leaked (as if they was ever any question), describing alternative rendering methods that upscale to 4K.

      The option for 1080p60 and other variants seems to be supported by MS and hopefully most of the 3rd party devs. That is good for anyone who hasn’t transitioned to a 4K monitor/TV by November (or simply has multiple TVs).

      And how does one determine a compromise? If an exclusive game renders in native 4K, who’s to say compromises weren’t made to achieve it? (Of course there were). You could only measure versus an existing lesser version (e.g. Forza 7 on XB1 vs. XB1X).

      The only place you have enough power & control to hit native 4K resolution and the frame rates (60-200) you want is on PC; which is were I play.

  • Riggybro

    4K is nice. However not being dismissive but.. 4k who cares.. if they are using dynamic resolution etc.. good on them I say.

    I think developers should be aiming at graphics and frame rate first and what ever resolution is available in the tank afterwards just hit that (around 1440p-2160p is good).

    Too much power is being wasted at getting as close to magical 4K as possible when people who will be playing these things were only yesterday happy playing at 720-1080p.

    I’d rather be playing Assassins Creed 60 fps ultra at 1440p than mid-high settings 30 fps 4K.

    Both Sony and MS have been a little crafty with their marketing methinks..

    • Wei Feng

      Praise the downgraded 4k native as “OK” and “Good”
      This is why Micosoft can do it.

      Fans just support it, just like when they lapped up the Kinect crap and thanked them for it by paying $99 more

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    • Alistein

      Agreed personally I’d prefer dynamic to checkerboarding though.

    • Mark

      Here’s my take; give us the OPTION of 4k/30fps, 1440p, or lower res with higher frames. I think most console gamers would be happy with that

    • Dougdec92

      i couldnt agee with you more….truth!!!!

  • heima

    Which was a known fact before the E3 and an obvious fact to all those who know that there are more demanding games out there that can’t achieve native 4k/60 even on an high-end rig*.

    *often thanks to lazy developers.

  • Wei Feng

    They poke fun at Sony for fake 4K.

    Now their weak box can’t do true 4k either now? Downgraded lies.

    • Smart guy

      Yes it can it’s up to the devs lol how stupid can you ppl get??

    • Wei Feng

      More stupid by thinking xbox x can still win the generation

    • Smart guy

      I never said that xrat lol you’re not fooling anyone stupid @ss

    • Aenea

      PS4 Pro is also a true native 4k console, released a year earlier and costs 100 less.

      You can’t say anything about it now, ‘cos when you do I will hit you back with:
      “it’s up to the devs, how stupid can you people be?”

      Simply because the Pro can do native 4k as well, and yes, it indeed depends on what the dev wants to do. If they prefer certain visuals then it won’t be possible to do so in native 4k. Exactly the same as Xbox One X.

      Now try to spin that!

      And as for calling people stupid, I think it’s clear here who is…..

    • Smart guy

      Lol wow someone need attention?? Ok yes you’re right it is for smaller games that don’t have a huge graphical need on a large scale. But even bungie said it doesn’t have enough horsepower to do 4k 60fps. Is it also going to running 30fps on the X1X yes but that’s just because they cant put extra work into a game for a console that doesn’t have exclusive content. It just wouldn’t make sense. Devs are acknowledging that the extra horsepower in the X1X is awesome and will achieve native if devs decide to do so. Star wars for instance will run native on X1X and that’s a FACT they said that themselves but it cant happen on the pro because its not strong enough. If you want a console that has more exclusive/games base ps4 is the way to go the pro is not. If you want a console that will make games look the best the can (consoles) then X1X is the way to go. I have a X1s and a base ps4 I’m good to go so for whatever reason for your ranting good for you have at it. And you’re right it is clear who is a little special and you took the first place dumb@ss trophy :)) good accomplishment guy. There’s your “spin” lol later

    • Aenea

      Haha, yeah, Bungie is lazy, don’t want to use the extra horsepower of the X1X that IS NOT THERE!

      Dude, you and several other Xbox fanatics seem to think the One X is this amazing piece of tech that can do things that are somehow magic. That regular rules don’t apply to it since it’s, well, magical!

      The darn CPU in the One X is barely 10% faster than the one in the Pro and no, the customisations done on it DO NOT HELP with the calculations Bungie is doing on it preventing from ANY console to reach 60fps.

      The ignorance of people like you is insane, you believe all the silly stuff other people like you are saying while it’s all just based in fantasy.

      Like now you’re claiming BF2 is native 4k on the One X and you say it’s a fact. Well, is it? Can you show me an analysis of the output of the game? No, you can’t since we haven’t seen BF2 yet on the One X and EA is not going to talk about it because they have a darn marketing deal with Sony for the game.

      Again, you’re talking crazy, probably heard it from some doof.us and you took it as fact. It’s not.

      And BTW, calling people names doesn’t really make you sound all that smart…

    • Smart guy

      So far you’ve called me crazy, stupid, ignorant lol so as far as telling me I’m not smart for calling a clear idiot an idiot when it had nothing to do with you makes you hypocritical lol so you can log that away 🙂 and so now bungie is lazy? Lol like I said they have timed exclusive content for a weaker console so no they won’t use the extra horsepower on the x1x. And clearly you didn’t read properly but that’s expected. I said ps4 base is the way to go I have one and an x1s so I get the both of both worlds. I’m not a fanboy but the pro is a weak console compared to the x1x. I had a pro and returned it because it’s not worth the money. The x1x is though. Just because you have a different opinion doesn’t mean you’re right 🙂 and show you the facts?? Been on many pages since March of this year you can find it yourself it’s not hard. You just wanted to be a cheerleader for someone known on this site to be a little “special” for no reason :)) but that’s ok good for you! Hold that trophy high lol later and happy gaming

    • Orion Wolf

      Didn’t you know? He works at Bungie, EA, Activision etc. I mean he clearly worked on many of the engines used in the games mentioned like BF2 i.e. Frosbite.

      And as a stint he worked on the XB1X AND the Pro, so it’s more than his right to say that the only difference between the CPU in the XB1X and the one in the Pro is the upclock.

      And kids, don’t believe everything … except what Sony want’s you to believe. Like that Destiny 2 not being 4k or 60fps on the XB1X has nothing to do with Sony having marketing rights … nope, none at all. And oh he can clearly tell as he’s seen the analysis (about those “calculations”), the analysis he promptly proceeded to provided, you know like he asked you to do.

      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      Clearly you’re just ignorant and gullible. /s

    • Smart guy

      Lol

  • Wei Feng

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/080da329dcc916557b0b765719411e24e9962f6dfe1c03b6e1bbf158682de633.png

    Just like the xbox one’s output was all seen as 1080p , even if it was a salty tears 720p native.

    Xbox One X can be 1080p upscaled, but the output is still 2160p.
    More True 4K? or more real 4k than the PS4 pro

  • Wei Feng

    The Weak Custom Jagaur ? weaker than people thought.

    • Gamez Rule

      Anoher checkerboarding machine?

    • Dougdec92

      yh bro, was thinking the much drummed 6tflops and a whole Ms could outdo what Sony had already done but nope another passenger for the checkerboard train….Welcome MS matey.

    • Smart guy

      It’s stronger then the semi pro lol

  • Holeybartender
    • Orion Wolf
    • Holeybartender

      You show me an article from last year and mine was two days ago. Fail. They announced just before E3 that it will be 4k/60fps. You fail again.

    • Orion Wolf

      You show me an article where nowhere does it state native 4k and I show you an article with exact numbers. ¯_(ツ)_/¯. Did they announce native 4k? And Forza 7 looks like a next gen game while GT sports like a upscaled ps3 game, and yet still 70% GPU utilization. Lol them fails.

  • Mr Xrat

    Microsoft strikes again!

    Imagine being an Xgimp right now. A year’s anticipation all for nought. Better luck next year!

    • Dougdec92

      seriously, this year started with a destiny 2, i wonder what comments anthem when finished will attract…..like from phil be like …erm we have given developers the freedom to do whatever they want with the 6tflops…games are only getting bigger next year and if they are destiny 2ing this year….

  • Dougdec92

    it is about time…Sony and Ms know that whatever marketting jargon they sail around we will eventually know what they are up to…focus on delivering a stable framerate and then photorealism

  • Dougdec92

    and then to the nitpicking, Philly D, Ybarra and Aaron Greenberg….lol the three musketeers, not even an iron mask is gonna save you three from the sticker they gonna get if 4k60fps uncompromised isn’t achieved….1.they will be chewed up in the media…2.xboners wounds would be opened up again….i will be waiting with a handful of salt to do some sensual rubbing.

  • Dougdec92

    Thank you, that’s exact same thing he said…. And now 1080p not even checkerboard to 4k to hide this scandal of a resolution against Phil’s claims of a true native 4k console.


 

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