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Microsoft's Xbox One spring update loaded with new features

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Microsoft's Xbox One spring update loaded with new features

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Xbox One users are getting a slew of updates with the Spring update that includes AMD Radeon FreeSync support for AMD display devices.

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FreeSync, like Nvidia's G-Sync, helps remove tearing or stuttering usually associated with gaming on monitors, as the technology syncs refresh rates to ensure games run smooth. We're not aware of any FreeSync-branded TVs, but we'd wager that the HDMI 2.1 VRR spec is a real close relative of the FreeSync-on-HDMI support already available on some monitors. Microsoft demonstrated this during the company's Inside Xbox stream today, and the mode will switch back once a game isn't running. We have Low Framerate Compensation, which for almost 20 FreeSync monitors can sustain smooth gameplay down to around 25 FPS.

With FreeSync, the two newer versions of the Xbox One should allow for smoother gameplay, which can be hard to achieve on consoles with their limited performance as games become more demanding. While I do try to keep to just PC news, I think one of the upcoming Xbox One S and Xbox One X features would be worth sharing.

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