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The Xbox One's backwards compatible capability is one of the things fans love about the console, but in the case of four classic Xbox 360 titles, the same old game just got better. Today Microsoft revealed that four backwards compatible titles, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Forza Horizon and Fable Anniversary are three titles getting enhanced graphics on the Xbox One X. The fourth is the newest addition to the backwards compatible library, the original Crackdown.
These four titles join seven previously announced games that are capable of running at a higher resolution, and with nine times the original pixel count, when played on the Xbox One X. The other titles are Fallout 3, Halo 3, Gears of War 3, Skate 3, Assassin's Creed, Mirror's Edge, and Oblivion.
Along with the new enhanced games comes a new option to control the enhancements within the Xbox One X. Now, you have the ability to go into the Xbox 360 menu of a compatible game, and toggle the enhancements on or off, allowing you to play the title as it was originally designed, rather than with the graphical improvements.
The menu options shown on Major Nelson's Blog, which made the announcement, show that not taking advantage of the graphical enhancements can make the game appear to run smoother, which would be an indication that using the upgrades could cause the game to run slower than you're familiar with. Something like that probably isn't a big deal for a game like Oblivion or the first Assassin's Creed, but it could be an issue for a game where reflexes might matter a bit more, like Mirror's Edge or Crackdown.
It's great to see the original Crackdown added to the backwards compatible list. With the game's highly anticipated, and long delayed, third entry finally likely to appear later this year, making the game backwards compatible will probably help some old fans of the game remember how good it was, while also potentially enticing others to give it a try. The game can be picked up in the Xbox store for $15, though I wouldn't be shocked to see it go on additional sale a time or two between now and the release of Crackdown 3.
It's a big enough deal that the Xbox One allows you to play games from the Xbox 360 as well as the original Xbox, but the fact that the Xbox One X can actually improve the graphics, without making any modifications to the original game code, is quite impressive. It probably isn't a reason to own an Xbox One X all by itself, but it's a nice bonus if you decide to make the leap.