Xbox One X doesn’t forget about 1440p gamers

Eric Abent - Nov 2, 2017
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Xbox One X doesn’t forget about 1440p gamers

With the Xbox One X on the horizon, a lot of the focus has understandably been on 4K. After all, Microsoft promises that this is the most powerful console ever made, capable of realizing the dream of 4K on consoles. What about those who don’t typically play at 4K but still prefer resolutions higher than 1080p? It turns out the Xbox One X won’t leave them out in the cold.

We’re learning today that the Xbox One X doesn’t merely make a “4K or 1080p” proposition. If, for instance, you have a 1440p monitor that you’d like to play an Xbox One X on, you’re invited to come along for the ride. In a series of tweets today, Xbox group program manager Kevin Gammill revealed that the Xbox One X will natively support 1440p resolution through HDMI.

That’s if the Xbox One X is hooked up to a 1440p monitor. If the game itself outputs at 1440p and the Xbox One X is connected to a 4K display, resoltuion will be upscaled to 2160p. On the other hand, games that output at 1440p will be supersampled down to 1080p when the console is connected to a FHD display.

This is good news for PC gamers who might be considering the Xbox One X. A lot of enthusiast gamers on PC prefer to play on 1440p monitors instead of much more expensive 4K ones, so hearing that the Xbox One X will support their existing hardware might just tempt a few into picking up Microsoft’s latest console.

Of course, whether or not those PC players will actually buy an Xbox One X remains to be seen. The console could be seen as a stop gap for those who want to play (at least some) games in 4K without having the shell out for the PC hardware required to do just that. On the other side of the coin, many of those PC players could just resolve to hold onto the $500 that Microsoft is asking and put that toward more powerful PC hardware anyway.

We’ll just have to wait and see. The Xbox One X launches on November 7 – less than one week from today. Will you be picking one up? Head down to the comments section and let us know!


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