Red Dead Redemption is now playable in native 4K at a locked 30 frames per second thanks to a newly announced Xbox One X enhanced update. Red Dead now runs with 9x its original pixel, lending unprecedented levels of environmental detail to Rockstar’s epic Western.

You can the difference it makes for yourself in the video below. I’m only watching this on a poxy 1080p monitor and it looks leaps and bounds better, so I can only imagine how crisp Red Dead Redemption is looking on a 4K TV with a One X. One day I’ll be able to get a 4K display and actually see what the fuss is all about.

Red Dead wasn’t the only beneficiary though, as a handful of other 360 games were also given the 4K treatment free of charge.

Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 Games

  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Portal
  • Darksiders
  • Gears of War 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Sonic Generations

A few of these games will be playable on PC at high resolutions already of course, but for now few, such as Red Dead Redemption and Gears of War 2, this is the best these games have ever looked. Gears of War 2 looks every bit as good as the Gears of War Ultimate Edition remastered, but this time it’s just a free upgrade, as it arguably should be. It’s still overwhelmingly brown, but resolution bumps can’t save everything.

Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility

In terms of backwards compatibility for the original Xbox, Microsoft’s been quiet for a year, but last night back compat finally got some loving. A grand total of 19 Xbox games are going to be coming to the Xbox One this month, all of them featuring 4K support for the first time ever. On the original Xbox One and the S, they’ll be playable at 1080p, while the Xbox One X will support native 4K plus downsampling for 1080p TV owners.

Boy, do some of these games take me back. I’d hazard a guess the biggest one is The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, which will now be playable with a controller and natively at 4K. There are plenty of other greats in here too though, including the criminally underrated Full Spectrum Warriors, the excellent SSX 3, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and a drool-worthy list of Star Wars titles that includes the likes of Republic Commando and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

The only one I don’t actually recognise is Breakdown, but it looks as if this may have been some sort of cult hit that passed me by at the time. It’s a first-person action game with an emphasis on hand-to-hand combat that rips off The Matrix in the most overt way possible. Looking at the footage, this looks like exactly the sort of C-tier game I need in my life.

Original Xbox games releasing on April 17:

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

Original Xbox games releasing on April 26:

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando

Not a bad list of games, all said and done, and Microsoft's doing a great job at breathing new life into older games in a way which competitors like Sony really aren't. Being in second place naturally means updates like this are free, but it does the Xbox One to build up a fearsome catalogue of classics.