Microsoft’s backwards compatibility features are the best out of all modern consoles, and they’re only getting better. FPS Boost is the latest optimization coming to the Xbox Series X and Series S platforms, bringing with it stable heightened framerates for a variety of new and old Xbox titles. Bethesda fans are benefiting right away from this, as half of the games available in the first round of FPS Boost upgrades are Bethesda titles, likely stemming from Microsoft’s recent acquisition of the company.
FPS Boost is a new system-level feature designed to improve performance across backwards-compatible titles. This feature alters how games play, apparently without any developer input or code changes, unbinding titles from their previously locked framerates. A title may have targeted 30 frames per second on Xbox One consoles, but with the strength of the Series X/S, FPS Boost tweaks it to run at 60 FPS on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. More titles are expected to join the program over the coming months, but for now, here are the first 10 games that benefit from FPS Boost.
From Arkane Studios and Bethesda, Dishonored: Definitive Edition has come to Xbox Game Pass with FPS Boost. The stealth-action game won many accolades, and players will be able to enjoy this game with a stable framerate of 60 frames per second. This will go a long way towards keeping players entertained while they wait for Arkane Studios to release its next game, Deathloop.
Another Bethesda hit, Fallout 4 has also received a firm 60 frames per second via FPS Boost, and fans are no doubt giving it a second look with such an upgrade. From launch, Fallout 4 was plagued with performance issues on consoles, and the chance to go back to it without them is one to be treasured, for sure. To top it all off, it’s not the only Fallout immediately receiving an FPS buff.
Fallout 76 is the most recent game in the Fallout series, but was also plagued with performance issues and bugs at launch. Bethesda has remained committed to improving it, however, and the results of its DLC are showing. Thanks to the Series X/S, the game can finally hold 60 frames per second, which seemed impossible at launch.
Getting away from the Bethesda games, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 also received a 60 frames per second upgrade. While the game was not in desperate need of an upgrade, it will definitely help players when they’re having a hectic firefight in the game’s open world.
New Super Lucky’s Tale is unique amongst all of the current FPS Boost games, as it is currently the only one that hits 120 frames per second. The cheery 3D platformer has never seen any notable framerate issues, but this makes the experience of playing it the smoothest it's ever been.
Returning to Bethesda titles, the 2017 Prey reboot has also been upgraded to run at 60 frames per second. Whether this will help with spotting mimics is anyone’s guess, but the first-person shooter RPG should be a much more pleasant experience on the Series X/S than it has been on Xbox One.
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