It was recently announced that Call of Duty 2 was now backward compatible on Xbox One, allowing owners of the Xbox 360 version to play it on the new console for the first time ever. However, while some backward compatible games see only minor improvements on Xbox One, it looks like the second game in the Call of Duty series is benefiting greatly from it.
Digital Foundry once again did a test that compared Call of Duty 2 running on Xbox 360 compared it running on Xbox One, and the differences were definitely noticeable. The biggest difference is how much easier the game is able to maintain a solid 60fps on Xbox One compared to the Xbox 360 version. The Xbox 360 version regularly drops to 40fps during action-heavy moments, sometimes dropping as low as 30fps. This problem is greatly improved on the Xbox One version.
The video that you can check out at the bottom of this post shows off the games running side-by-side on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and the Xbox 360 version rarely keeps up with the Xbox One version. The Xbox 360 version sees regular steep frame-rate dips, whereas the Xbox One version rarely ever dips and when it does it’s usually only a few frames for a brief moment.
While hearing about backward compatible games performing better on Xbox One compared to Xbox 360 isn’t a rare occurrence, the performance boosts seen here definitely puts it near the top in terms of performance of backward compatible games. Check out Digital Foundry’s comparison video below.