Some big downloads could be on the horizon.
The upcoming Xbox One X will be the only console in Microsoft’s Xbox One family to download 4K assets, even if it’s not hooked up to a 4K TV.
The news comes has been confirmed by Microsoft via Stevivor. The corporation announced that the One X will get 4K patches for its compatible games, while the Xbox One and Xbox One S will only get the standard 1080p assets. Microsoft also emphasized that graphic assets are created to match the console specs, not the TV that displays the console’s output.
“With the launch of Xbox One X, when it comes to game content our intention is to download the correct assets to the correct console. [….] This means, regardless of the TV you are playing on, 4K assets will be downloaded to Xbox One X (if available) and the standard 1080p assets will be downloaded to an Xbox One S.” A representative of Microsoft stated.
The fact that 4K asset downloads will be necessary for all Xbox One X owners could be problematic, as the files of 4K games are often drastically larger than regular ones (something supported by the 100GB download size for Forza Motorsport 7). This could be an issue for Xbox One X owners who won’t make use of the assets and who are under download data caps, or just have slow internet download speeds in general.
The Xbox One X is due to release on Nov. 7 and will cost $499.