Microsoft prepares a new feature for its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles that will improve the performance of games. Known as FPS Boost, this option can increase frame count per second multiple titles, resulting in smoother gameplay.
FPS Boost will debut in four games which originally run at 30 frames per second on Xbox One, thus achieving double performance on next-gen consoles. The games are Far Cry 4, Sniper Elite 4, Watch Dogs 2 and UFC 4, to which is added New Super Lucky’s Tale that reaches 120 frames per second on Xbox Series X and Series S.
According to Eurogamer, FPS Boost does not modify the original code of the game, but runs at the Direct3D level. The way Microsoft did it is interesting and consists of hack D3D data sending at a higher speed than originally the original version. The game “thinks” it is running at initial speed, so if it was limited to 30fps, you can now double it.
FPS Boost will double performance on Xbox One and backward compatible games
It is important to mention that games keep original resolution of the console version. Watch Dogs 2 and UFC 4 run at 900p, while Sniper Elite 4 runs at 1080p. Far Cry 4 takes advantage of the Xbox One X enhancement and runs at 1440 x 1080p at 60 fps. The case of Super Lucky’s Tale is different, since in Series X it runs at 4K, while in Series S at 1080p, both at 120 fps.
The setting not only applies to Xbox One games, but also could be used on Xbox 360 or Xbox backward compatible. Although Microsoft had already improved the resolution in some games optimized for Xbox One X, FPS Boost is a new step that ensures that the classics of this console look and play better than they did 10 or 20 years ago.
FPS Boost sounds like a great option since not all studios have the resources or the interest to improve games of yore. We honestly don’t see EA, Ubisoft or Activision ever going back to modify the source code of a title released for Xbox 360. In some cases, the code is not available or requires a major effort.
Microsoft FPS Boost will debut with the new spring update and it will be completely optional. In the section “Manage Game” you will find a button of compatibility options to activate this feature and Auto HDR. If activated, pressing the Home button will show an icon indicating that you are running a title with FPS Boost.
The technology announced that a large part of the titles compatible with FPS Boost will be available on Xbox Game Pass.
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