Microsoft To Bring AMD FreeSync And FreeSync 2 To Xbox Consoles

Microsoft and AMD bring Free Sync to Xbox One

Microsoft and AMD bring Free Sync to Xbox One

Microsoft is taking another step towards maximum compatibility for its Xbox consoles. While much of the webcast was centered around upcoming games like Sea of Thieves and Far Cry 5, there were also some interesting tidbits including the news that the Xbox One S and Xbox One X will be getting AMD FreeSync support soon.

For those who may remember, the addition of AMD's FreeSync technology was actually talked about by Microsoft around the time the Xbox One X was launched; so it's good to see the company fulfilling its promise. However, probably the most eye-opening piece of news was the announcement that variable refresh rate technology is on the way to Microsoft's current range of consoles.

Sometime this week Xbox insiders in the alpha ring will be able to start using AMD FreeSync compatible displays for VRR output.

Last week, Xbox announced the debut of a new monthly show called Inside Xbox. Freesync-compatible displays are able to sync their refresh rates directly with the Xbox One, helping to eliminate issues like tearing and stuttering, and letting the games run as smooth as possible.

Xbox One X and Xbox One S will soon support AMD FreeSync displays

Because it is FreeSync 2, it will also work with HDR content.

The newly announced Xbox software update. Later this year, the Xbox One will also support an Auto Low Latency Mode which will switch supported TVs, including select Samsung models, to a low-latency mode while playing games. It requires a compatible display, and presumably will arrive to all Xbox One S and Xbox One X gamers with the Spring Update that is now in the works.

Elsewhere in updates, Xbox One users will get an updated Microsoft Edge browser, more Twitter sharing options, and controller sharing with viewers on Mixer.

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