Xbox One X And One S Soon Will Support 1440p Resolution Gaming

Much of the hype surrounding the Xbox One X is that it supports 4K resolution gaming, assuming you own a compatible display and are trying to play a game that supports that resolution. Even without a 4K display, Microsoft's user of supersampling meant that even gamers playing on a 1080p TV or monitor would benefit as well. Good stuff, but what about 1440p? Hang tight, because support for 1440p is coming soon to both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

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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."
The Xbox Insider program is similar to the Windows Insider program, only for the Xbox (obviously). It provides an opportunity for gamers to test out and play with unreleased features before they are released to the general public. The trade off is that having access to early builds of upcoming system updates means sometimes having to put up with bugs, but for gamers who want to be on the bleeding edge, the Xbox Insider program provides an opportunity to do that.

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.