Microsoft’s new FPS Boost mode for Xbox Series X and S can double frame rate in games

Microsoft is launching a new FPS Boost feature for its latest Xbox Series X and Series S console designed to enhance existing games. Although Microsoft previously focused on improving the number of frames per second with backward compatibility for its latest Xbox consoles, FPS Boost is specifically designed to improve older games without developers having to invest any extra work.

Some games will almost double, and Microsoft says it has seen several cases where titles are backwards compatible as many as fourfold. The first games to support FPS Boost were Far Cry 4,, New Super Lucky’s Tale,, Sniper Elite 4,, UFC 4, i Guard dogs 2. Improvements vary between games, with New Super Lucky’s Tale now running at 120 fps, and UFC 4 includes a performance of 60 frames per second on the Xbox Series S in particular.

Games that work with FPS Boost will feature a new indicator when you press the Xbox button on the controller, just as Quick Resume or auto HDR indicators appear today on Xbox Series X and S consoles.

New FPS Boost feature for Xbox Series X and S.
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“This is just the beginning,” explains Paul Eng, senior program manager at Xbox. “We will soon be releasing and releasing more titles that include FPS Boost, as we will introduce new menu icons and system settings in the upcoming system update.” This new dashboard update arrives in the spring and will include the ability to switch compatibility options on games. You’ll be able to disable automatic HDR or turn this new FPS Boost feature on and off to really see the effect it provides or simply play games in their original form.

Microsoft will soon introduce FPS Boost wider with this new dashboard update. Although the initial list is quite limited, Microsoft says it plans to announce more games that support FPS Boost in the coming months.