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Kevin Gammill, the program manager for Microsoft's Xbox Platform Partner Group, let the cat out of the bag on Twitter. He said there have been numerous questions surrounding 1440p support, and that Xbox Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring will be "pleasantly surprised very soon."
Many questions recently around the timing of our 1440p support. Those of you in our early preview ring should be pleasantly surprised very soon if you have an Xbox One S or Xbox One X.— Kevin Gammill (@CmdrDesslock) February 16, 2018
Follow this link for information on how to join the Xbox Insider program. One thing to keep in mind is that the Fast ring gets updates quicker than Slow ring subscribers, but they are also less polished. That is the ring that will soon be seeing 1440p support. Assuming everything goes well, 1440p support will move to the Slow ring not long after, followed by a release to the general public.
Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners who play on a 1440p compatible monitor stand to gain the most. However, just as 4K supersampling benefits gamers who run titles on a 1080p monitor or TV, the same should be true of 1440p supersampling.
In case you're not familiar, supersampling involves rendering a game at a higher resolution, such as 4K or 1440p, and then compressing it down to 1080p
"Think of supersampling as the cousin of upscaling. Instead of taking a lower resolution image and blowing up (creating a distortion) like upscaling’s effect, supersampling takes a high-resolution image and scales it down to your television’s native resolution—be it 720p or 1080p—to bring all the information that Xbox One X is pouring into its games and beaming to the screen," Microsoft explains.
Supersampling helps to reduce jaggies and provide an overall sharper image. It also allows for visual upgrades that extend beyond just the resolution. By tapping into the GPU power of the Xbox One S and especially the Xbox One X, supersampling allows for better draw distance, greater special effects, and more.