(Pocket-lint) – Before Microsoft released the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, it detailed a few handy features they would add to backward compatible games.
Auto HDR is one – which adds a HDR effect on older legacy games, such as Xbox 360 titles. Quick Resume is another – it enables a handful of games to stay in a paused state and start instantly as soon as you select them.
Now a new technology has been added to improve older titles, and it’s possibly the most impressive yet.
FPS Boost enables some Xbox One games to run with improved frame rates on the latest consoles, automatically and without any further developer support. It might also be applied to Xbox 360 and original Xbox games in future.
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Here then is an explanation of what it does, the compatible games, and how to get it.
What is Xbox FPS Boost?
FPS Boost is a clever technology that doubles, even quadruples the frame rate of existing Xbox One games for play on the Xbox Series X/S.
It is applied at system level by the Xbox itself, so doesn’t require a developer to change or remaster its game. This is different to some publisher rereleases or games “optimised for Xbox Series X/S”. It is also only applicable on certain games announced as compatible.
Most of the titles announced so far are now capable of running at a locked 60 frames per second – while they were originally locked at 30fps. One, New Super Lucky’s Tale, even gets a boost up to 120fps.
You will need a TV capable of 60Hz or 120Hz respectively, but you won’t have to do anything in the settings of your Xbox to benefit.
It’s worth noting that some games will get reduced resolution when running FPS Boost. However, you can manually switch FPS Boost (and Auto HDR) on or off in new compatibility options on the game management screen for each respective title.
Also, some titles where resolution is affected will not switch FPS Boost on automatically. You will have to turn it on yourself in order to get increased frame rates in favour of reduced resolution. It’s a personal choice then.
You can see if a game you are running has FPS Boost (and Auto HDR) enabled by tapping the Xbox Button on your controller while playing and a Guide overlay indicator will appear in the upper right-hand corner telling you if the features are enabled or not.
What Xbox games have FPS Boost?
At present, 23 games are FPS Boost enabled, but Xbox hopes to increase that number greatly in future. You can see which games work with FPS Boost below.
All games offer up to 60fps unless specified.
Xbox Series X/S FPS Boost games list (as at 22 April 2021)
- Battlefield 1 (120fps) *
- Battlefield 4 (120fps) *
- Battlefield 5 (120fps) *
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition *
- Fallout 4 *
- Fallout 76 *
- Far Cry 4
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (120fps) *
- New Super Lucky’s Tale (120fps) *
- Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (120fps) *
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (120fps) *
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (120fps) *
- Prey *
- Sea of Solitude *
- Sniper Elite 4 *
- Star Wars: Battlefront (120fps) *
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (120fps) *
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition *
- Titanfalll (120fps) *
- Titanfalll 2 (120fps) *
- UFC 4
- Unravel 2 (120fps) *
- Watch Dogs 2
* These games are available as part of Xbox Game Pass so you can try them out immediately if you are a member.
Writing by Rik Henderson.