Microsoft Announces FPS Boost Feature For Xbox Series X/S Back Compat Games
Microsoft has announced FPS Boost, an enhancement system for backwards-compatible games on Xbox Series X and Series S that can double – or sometimes even quadruple – frame rates.
FPS Boost will be applied to select games, and the first five to be enhanced are Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2.
As the name suggests, FPS Boost improves the frames-per-second performance of each of these games on the newer, more powerful Xbox Series X/S consoles. Microsoft notes that it chose these first five games as they are both popular and show the range of improvement available. New Super Lucky’s Tale has been pushed to 120fps, while UFC 4 has been specifically tailored to run at 60fps on Xbox Series S.
For players who’d rather experience these games in their original format with lower frame rates, FPS Boost can be toggled on and off. This is similar to how Xbox’s other back-compat technology, Auto HDR, works. A new Compatibility Options menu will be added to allow you to toggle both of these technologies.
These FPS Boost performance enhancements come via Microsoft’s Xbox team rather than the games’ original dev teams, and so there’s no additional development needed from studios. They are applied via patches just like a developer title update, though, so if you wish to play any of these five games with FPS Boost, just make sure your Xbox Series X/S has updated them to their latest version.
Last year, Phil Spencer said that frame rate is more important than resolution. Since these are backwards compatible games from the Xbox One generation, this will be the chance to get both frame rate and resolution. For more on backwards compatibility, check out our list of all the previous generation Xbox games playable on Xbox Series X/S.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.