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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Arkane Studios’ Dinga Bakaba, Lead Designer on the series-ending action game Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for Xbox One X?

We used the unique GPU power of the Xbox One X to leverage Dynamic Resolution with cutting edge graphics fidelity. Shadows quality, textures definition and level of details are at their best. The extra CPU power also helped us to make the framerate steadier even under heavy Dishonored-style combat situation.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

The immersion is magnified and the experience is true to the original intentions. Looks better, feel better.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

Given the powerful GPU and the 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory we wanted to use it to reveal the deep and detailed world of Dishonored.

How do you expect fans of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will respond to seeing/playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

During development, many of us just stopped suddenly to watch, attracted by the gorgeous visuals. Some people were getting very close to the screen just to see how many details their eyes could catch in the distance. We can’t wait to see the reactions of the players. We expect them to be astonished by the visuals and thrilled by the whole enhanced experience.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

It was pretty short and straightforward. Leaving us some space to push the limitations back again and again.

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Dishonored: Death of the Outsider on Xbox One X?

4K UHD, definitely.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

4K is a game changer and soon it will become the new standard. Death of the Outsider shows some very detailed geometry which is magnified in 4K, revealing details, no aliasing and a crisp picture.

HDR provides a vivid and life-like color panels, which is something we are excited to leverage in the future.

Thanks to Dinga for taking the time to chat with us about Xbox One X Enhanced. We’ll be bringing you more interviews with more developers in the future, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire!