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Make backward-compatible games even better with FPS Boost

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When we designed the Xbox Series X | S, we knew we wanted to continue our commitment to compatibility that we started in 2015, allowing gamers to play their favorite titles from generations past on new consoles. Almost all titles benefit from next-gen features like faster load times and the ability to resume quickly. Then the team went further; adding improvements to many of our most played games to make them look, feel and play better than ever.

As we have detailed in October, with the increase in processor, GPU and memory of our new consoles, all of your existing games look better and are more fun. With some titles we can make the experience even better, all without any work required by the developer and no updates required by the player. To that end, the backward compatibility team has developed FPS Boost, which uses a variety of new methods to almost double (and in a few cases quadruple) the original framerate on some titles. Higher and more stable frame rates make games visually smoother, resulting in more immersive gameplay. We’ve partnered closely with the developers to improve the experience while retaining the original intent of the game. And while not applicable to all games, these new techniques can push game engines to render more. fast for a smooth experience beyond what the original game could have offered due to the capabilities of the hardware at the time.

We’re excited to announce the first assortment of backward compatible titles that will support FPS Boost – available starting today – are Far Cry 4, a new Super Lucky tale, Sniper 4, UFC 4, and Watch dogs 2. We’ve chosen this first collection of titles not only because they’re popular with fans, but to highlight several different ways that FPS Boost can enhance your experience. For example, New Super Lucky Tale can now run up to 120 frames per second (fps) and UFC 4 offers improved framerate performance specifically on Xbox Series S and can now run at 60 fps.

This is just the beginning. We’ll be announcing and releasing more titles with FPS Boost soon, as well as new menu icons and system settings in an upcoming system update. Starting this spring, you can go to the “Manage Game” section for any title, where you’ll be presented with a new “Compatibility Options” button that will allow you to turn FPS Boost on or off (as well. than Auto HDR). There will also be a new indicator letting you know when a game is running with FPS Boost each time you press the Xbox button on your controller. You decide how you want to play your favorite games, whether in its original form or with FPS Boost.

Screenshot of FPS backward compatibility user interface

And FPS Boost doesn’t just benefit gamers who own these titles – you’ll be happy to hear that many of these upcoming FPS Boost games will be available in Xbox Game Pass. From this first version of the updates, New Super Lucky Tale and Sniper 4 are currently available with Xbox Game Pass. We are very happy that fans are discovering FPS Boost and in the coming months we will be announcing more and more games that support this feature.

At Xbox, we believe your investments in games should go with you, which is why we’ve offered thousands of games across four generations to look and play better than ever on Xbox Series X | S. We can’t wait for you to give these titles a spin and unveil more FPS Boost games very soon.


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