Skip to main content

Xbox Series X March update can give certain backwards compatible games HDR and FPS boosts

Xbox Seires X
(Image credit: Microsoft)

Xbox's March software update will bring a few exciting changes to the platform. Most importantly, backwards compatible titles will now have the option to turn on FPS boosts and HDR on Xbox Series X.

This will not be available for all games, however. On the official Xbox website (opens in new tab), the company uses Watch Dogs 2 as an example. However, it warns that the option "may reduce display resolution for the game." This might not be a worthy trade-off under certain circumstances, but at least Xbox is giving players the choice.

There are also a number of other changes, including achievements being visible on the Xbox mobile app again. Xbox will be testing different user experience designs to see which one fits best before slowly rolling the update out to users. It also plans to include leaderboards within the app in a later update.

New audio control settings are also coming to the Xbox console, specifically tailored for the Xbox Wireless Headset (opens in new tab). These settings will be accessible through the Xbox Accessories app, and allow you to edit "equalizer settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and brightness of the mic’s mute light."

Other updates include TV Listings for One Guide going away on Xbox One, Xbox subscriptions being manageable on the Xbox console itself, and allowing users to choose what to install when purchasing a bundle.

Xbox already proved that it's handling backwards compatibility far better than its competitors (we're looking at you, PS5), but with this update, the company is truly solidifying its dedication to providing the best experience possible.

Momo Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Momo finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Momo is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.