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10 backwards compatible games transformed by the power of Xbox Series S

10 backwards compatible games transformed by the power of Xbox Series S

Some of the very best games for your Xbox Series S stem from generations before. While we’re seeing a lot of slightly newer titles being optimized for Xbox’s digital console, we’d argue that some older games take advantage of the power that goes into this small system even more.

From dynamic resolution bumps to – frankly – absurd frame rates for such a cheap system, thanks mainly to the FPS Boost feature, we’re going to put together a selection of older titles that take the best advantage of Series S. So, without further ado, here are 10 backwards-compatible games that have been completely transformed on Xbox Series S:

Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)

Publisher: Microsoft StudiosDeveloper: epic games

Publication date: Sep 20, 2011 (United States

As the great conclusion to Epic’s original Gears of War trilogy, we still rate this as the best game in the series. However, the times have not been particularly favorable for the native Xbox 360 version. While it still looks great under the hood, the 720p resolution, 30fps target and downright awful camera shake made it hard to return to.

However, backwards compatibility has completely transformed Gears of War 3 and after the most recent update it feels like a modern game. It now runs at 1440p and 60 frames per second with FPS Boost on both Xbox Series S and X (although the FPS Boost feature has to be activated manually). The frame rate makes the game’s camera shake much more bearable, and now the game sits alongside Gears of War 4 and Gears 5 as thoroughly modern-feeling th