Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Microsoft's Xbox One spring update loaded with new features

Microsoft's Xbox One spring update loaded with new features

Microsoft dropped some big news during the season premiere of its "Xbox Inside" show, which it streamed online over the weekend.

Many modern TVs have a low-latency "game mode" which turns off any special processing of image and motion that the TV does for movies or other programs.

When you come back to the TVs main menu to launch Netflix, for example, the Low Latency mode will be disabled and your TV will automatically return to the classic settings so you can enjoy the best experience. We're not aware of any FreeSync-branded TVs, but we'd wager that the HDMI 2.1 VRR spec is a real close relative of the FreeSync-on-HDMI support already available on some monitors.

We PC fans tend to think of FreeSync in association with high-refresh-rate gaming displays, but the technology arguably offers the greatest benefit at low frame rates. We have Low Framerate Compensation, which for almost 20 FreeSync monitors can sustain smooth gameplay down to around 25 FPS. While the game console will soon be getting 1440p support with the spring update - now live for testers - also on the way are support for AMD Freesync-compatible monitors and the ability for TVs to automatically switch to low latency mode.

This time, it's the AMD FreeSync screens that will be compatible with the new Xbox One X and Xbox One S update. LFC requires support from the graphics driver as well as the monitor, so it will be interesting to see how well the system's mostly-30-FPS Xbox games work in FreeSync mode. The first will allow users to share screenshots and gameplay clips directly to Twitter.

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