Xbox Details Improvements Coming to Backwards Compatibility With Xbox Series X/S

Xbox Series X/S will bring some important visual and performance improvements to backward compatible Xbox titles when it launches November 10.

While most Xbox fans are likely looking ahead to which new games they’ll be able to play on their Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft isn’t forgetting about all the games that brought them to this point. Today, the team revealed a few new improvements coming to thousands of backward compatible games you can play on next-gen hardware. It’s quite the list of visual and technical improvements that should make your playing experience that much better. Check it out.

The first thing to note is that Xbox Series X/S will be the best place to play every backward compatible game. Those systems will allow the games to take full advantage of the console, resulting in higher performance, better framerates, and improved visual quality. Plus, prepare yourself for shorter load times via the new SSD. However, that’s the tip of the iceberg.

The Xbox team has implemented something they’re calling Auto HDR, which automatically adds HDR to games that shipped with just SDR. In the new blog post, they show the improved visual quality with a few games.  It might be most noticeable in Bill Gates’ favorite game Fuzion Frenzy. Obviously, it still looks like an original Xbox game, but it’s a much brighter original Xbox game.

Another area we’ll see some major improvements is in these old titles’ framerates. In the blog, they gave

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MPS Building Report Details Air Quality Improvements, Challenges

MEDFORD, MA — A report compiled late last month and released by the Medford Public Schools Friday shows the improvements done to the HVAC systems in school buildings, as well as some of the air quality challenges the district faced. Workers were onsite last week addressing what the district called “long overdue” repairs to the HVAC systems at its schools. There were enough areas within each school that met, or exceeded, the increased air quality standards to accommodate the return of high needs and kindergarten students.

The MPS report specifically pertained to Cohort A, or the district’s high-needs student population. The district measured air exchanges per hour (ACH) and deemed rooms underneath that threshold unfavorable.

Medford High School

Data showed favorable air quality in the third floor of the B building, or the science labs wing, which was extensively renovated over the last several years. Students in Cohort A, who would ordinarily have been located elsewhere, were temporarily relocated to that area.

Three rooms were temporarily closed:

  • Lecture Hall 2 (1.67 ACH)
  • Room 314 (3.82 ACH) (in proximity to other rooms but not currently passing, HVAC vendors are inspecting)
  • A206 Mock apartment room (2.76 ACH)

Testing is ongoing at Medford High School.

Curtis Tufts High School

CTHS does not have an HVAC system and is an outlier among the air quality reports. The actual ACH noted in the report is 0.0 as the only method of circulating fresh air possible at

CTHS is through open windows. Windows in each CTHS classroom have been opened (with new screens installed in the last several weeks).

In addition, on the advice of the engineering experts, two fans have been installed in each classroom, which are pointed both in and out of separate windows. This method of air circulation is estimated to create an

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Ohio State football coach Ryan Day details COVID-19 precautions


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Those in the Ohio State football program are taking COVID-19 so seriously that some coaches are not staying in their own homes as a safeguard against contracting the virus, coach Ryan Day said Friday.

On the day President Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus, Day detailed the lengths to which the Buckeyes are trying to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

“This has been a difficult time because we understand the ramifications and the consequences for our health, but also just in terms of playing a season, of testing positive,” Day said in a conference call. “That’s for the players. They’ve made great sacrifices.

“But it’s also for the coaches. For those of us who have school-age children at home, it’s very, very difficult. To make sacrifices, some of us are not sleeping in our homes.”

Day has three children at home. He said he wears a mask inside their house and that his family spends time together outside as much as possible.

Day said he is letting coaches and staffers decide for themselves what’s the best plan for their situations. But for those who have kids in school, there are no easy solutions. Youth sports are also now being played, adding to the potential exposure, he said.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day says the team feels safe inside the football facilities. “But once you leave, everything changes. Honestly, it’s scary,” he said. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Day said those in the program feel secure inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The 120 players and about 50 others, including coaches, are tested daily. They get results within 15 minutes. Anyone who doesn’t test negative is sent home for follow-up testing.


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