Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Xbox One update brings AMD Freesync support, automatic TV game mode switching

Xbox One update brings AMD Freesync support, automatic TV game mode switching

In practice, the actual TV implications look to be quite limited right now; as best as I can tell, there are no FreeSync TVs on the market at this time. In 3 months, the technology has grown from three supporting monitors to over 50 supporting monitors. We have multiple partners that reach down to 30Hz to cover the full range of playable framerates. There are 4K FreeSync monitors, ultrawide FreeSync monitors, 1440p FreeSync monitors, 1080p FreeSync monitors.

FreeSync is similar to NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, in that it helps reduce or eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and artifacting that is often observed even on the highest end systems. While the game console will soon be getting 1440p support with the spring update - now live for testers - also on the way are support for AMD Freesync-compatible monitors and the ability for TVs to automatically switch to low latency mode. The first will allow users to share screenshots and gameplay clips directly to Twitter. Support for AMD Freesync is coming this spring but low-latency support will not be available until a future update later in 2018, perhaps with the Redstone 5 update for Windows 10, given that Xbox platform and Windows platform software updates are aligned. They can make a real difference when watching TV shows or movies, but for games, you want to turn that off.

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Meanwhile the fact that the Xbox One S is included in all of this was a small surprise in and of itself.

In addition to FreeSync compatibility, Microsoft also announced that its two latest consoles will also be compatible with the Auto Low Latency mode offered on some upcoming TVs, including the aforementioned Samsung TVs.

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