Xbox FPS BoostSource: Microsoft

Microsoft doubled down on backward compatibility with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, bringing forward Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox titles to its latest consoles. The company is no stranger to flexing its engineering know-how through its backward-compatibility program, with various features devoted to preserving titles across new systems. FPS Boost is the latest, bringing huge performance upgrades to existing titles, often doubling framerates with a simple toggle.

Here's what you need to know about Xbox's FPS Boost feature, plus which titles support it.

What is Xbox FPS Boost?

Xbox FPS BoostSource: Microsoft

With the arrival of Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft debuted FPS Boost, a new system-level feature designed to bolster performance across backward-compatible titles. This trickery alters how games play with no developer input or code changes, unbinding titles from their previous locked framerates. Whereas one title may have targeted 30 frames per second (FPS) on Xbox One consoles, FPS Boost tweaks it to run at 60 FPS on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

Next-generation Xbox hardware has seen games targeting higher framerates than ever before, with titles frequently hitting 60 FPS and 120 FPS. The higher the framerate, the more frames outputted to your display each second, resulting in more fluid and responsive gameplay. But refreshing the outputted image more frequently asks more from the system, pushing intensive titles to compromise with lower framerates.

While the Xbox One X hoped to deliver 4K resolution at 60 FPS, later years would expose several hardware limitations, with many graphically demanding releases settling at just 30 FPS. These games would be "locked" at fixed framerates in software, meaning they won't see improvements on Xbox Series X and Series S under normal conditions.

FPS Boost delivers a fast and easy way to bring higher framerates to existing Xbox One games on next-generation hardware without the additional development resources required for a formal Xbox Series X|S Optimized patch. It makes older titles automatically run smoother on the new systems, delivering a massive upgrade over standard backward compatibility. It's even expanding the list of Xbox Series X|S games with 120 FPS support.

Higher frames means better performance, smoother gameplay and less input lag. Despite not increasing the number of pixels on the screen, a higher framerate can be more pleasant to look at simply because there's less judder and blur.

List of Xbox Series X/S FPS Boost games

Microsoft launched Xbox FPS Boost in March 2021, starting with a small initial wave of titles, and since expanded with regular new additions. The feature has since picked up support from top publishers like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and Square Enix, enhancing several top experiences from the Xbox One generation. With little work from game developers, expect more FPS Boost titles to hit Xbox Series X and Series S over the months ahead. The largest expansion of the feature brought over 70 new games with FPS Boost support, with Dark Souls III the most recent standalone addition. The latest addition to the service debuted during the Xbox 20th anniversary show, bringing original Xbox and Xbox 360 games to Xbox FPS Boost for the first time.

Below follows the complete list of Xbox Series X/S FPS Boost titles so far, coupled with their target framerates when the feature is enabled. Several titles, which may see degraded visuals with FPS Boost enabled, also have the feature disabled by default. The optional support can be manually enabled in system settings, as detailed below.

Game Boosted framerate (FPS) Automatically enabled
Alan Wake 60 FPS Yes
Alien Isolation 60 FPS Yes
Anthem 60 FPS (Series X Only) No
Assassin's Creed 60 FPS Yes
Assassin's Creed III Remastered 60 FPS No
Assassin's Creed III Rogue Remastered 60 FPS Yes
Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection 60 FPS Yes
Assassin's Creed Unity 60 FPS Yes
Battle Chasers: Nightwar 120 FPS Yes
Battlefield 1 120 FPS (Series X Only) No
Battlefield 4 120 FPS Yes
Battlefield Hardline 120 FPS Yes
Battlefield V 120 FPS (Series X Only) No
Beholder Complete Edition 60 FPS Yes
Binary Domain 60 FPS Yes
Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed 60 FPS Yes
Darksiders 60 FPS Yes
Dark Souls III 60 FPS Yes
Dead Island Definitive Edition 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Dead Space 2 60 FPS Yes
Dead Space 3 60 FPS Yes
Deus Ex Mankind Divided 60 FPS Yes
Disney's Chicken Little 60 FPS Yes
DiRT 4 120 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 60 FPS No
Dishonored: Definitive Edition 60 FPS Yes
Don't Starve: Giant Edition 120 FPS Yes
Dragon Age: Origins 60 FPS Yes
Dragon Age 2 60 FPS Yes
Dragon Age: Inquisition 60 FPS Yes
Dungeon Defenders II 60 FPS Yes
Dying Light 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Fable Anniversary 60 FPS Yes
Fable III 60 FPS Yes
Fallout 3 60 FPS Yes
Fallout: New Vegas 60 FPS Yes
Fallout 4 60 FPS No
Fallout 76 60 FPS No
Far Cry 3 60 FPS Yes
Far Cry 4 60 FPS Yes
Far Cry 5 60 FPS No
Far Cry New Dawn 60 FPS No
Far Cry Primal 60 FPS Yes
F.E.A.R 60 FPS Yes
F.E.A.R. 3 60 FPS Yes
Final Fantasy XIII-2 60 FPS Yes
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 60 FPS Yes
Gears of War 60 FPS Yes
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 60 FPS Yes
Gears of War 2 60 FPS Yes
Gears of War 3 60 FPS No
Gears of War 4 60 FPS No
Golf with your Friends 120 FPS Yes
Halo Wars 2 60 FPS Yes
Halo: Spartan Assault 120 FPS Yes
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition 120 FPS Yes
Homefront: The Revolution 60 FPS No
Hyperscape 120 FPS No
Island Saver 120 FPS Yes
Kameo: Elements of Power 60 FPS Yes
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 60 FPS Yes
LEGO Jurassic World 60 FPS Yes
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 60 FPS Yes
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 120 FPS (Series X), 60 FPS (Series S) Yes
LEGO Marvel's Avengers 120 FPS (Series X), 60 FPS (Series S) Yes
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens 60 FPS Yes
LEGO The Hobbit 120 FPS (Series X), 60 FPS (Series S) Yes
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings 60 FPS Yes
LEGO The Incredibles 60 FPS Yes
LEGO Worlds 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Life is Strange 60 FPS Yes
Life is Strange 2 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Lords of the Fallen 60 FPS Yes
Mad Max 120 FPS (Series X) 60 FPS (Series S) Yes
Medal of Honor: Airborne 60 FPS Yes
Metro 2033 Redux 120 FPS Yes
Metro Last Light Redux 120 FPS Yes
Mirror's Edge 60 FPS Yes
Mirror's Edge Catalyst 120 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Monster Energy Supercross 3 60 FPS No
MotoGP 20 60 FPS (Series S Only) Yes
Moving Out 120 FPS Yes
My Friend Pedro 120 FPS Yes
My Time at Portia 60 FPS Yes
New Super Lucky's Tale 120 FPS Yes
Overcooked! 2 120 FPS Yes
Paladins 120 FPS Yes
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 120 FPS Yes
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 120 FPS Yes
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville 120 FPS No
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid 120 FPS Yes
Prey 60 FPS Yes
Realm Royale 120 FPS Yes
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 60 FPS Yes
ReCore 60 FPS Yes
Rock of Ages 60 FPS Yes
Sea of Solitude 60 FPS Yes
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 60 FPS Yes
Shadow Warrior 2 60 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition 60 FPS Yes
Sniper Elite 4 60 FPS Yes
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 60 FPS Yes
Sonic Generations 60 FPS Yes
Sonic Unleashed 60 FPS Yes
STAR WARS Battlefront 120 FPS Yes
STAR WARS Battlefront II 120 FPS (Series X Only) No
STAR WARS: The Clone Wars 60 FPS Yes
STEEP 60 FPS (Series S Only) Yes
Super Lucky's Tale 120 FPS Yes
The Elder Scrolls VI: Oblivion 60 FPS Yes
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 60 FPS Yes
The Evil Within 2 60 FPS No
The Gardens Between 120 FPS (Series X), 60 FPS (Series S) Yes
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame 60 FPS Yes
The LEGO Movie Videogame 120 FPS Yes
Titanfall 120 FPS (Series X Only) Yes
Titanfall 2 120 FPS No
Tom Clancy's The Division 60 FPS Yes
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 60 FPS Yes
Totally Reliable Delivery Service 120 FPS Yes
Two Point Hospital 60 FPS Yes
UFC 4 60 FPS Yes
Unravel 2 120 FPS No
Unruly Heroes 120 FPS Yes
Untitled Goose Game 120 FPS Yes
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment 60 FPS Yes
Wasteland 3 60 FPS No
Watch Dogs 60 FPS Yes
Watch Dogs 2 60 FPS Yes
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 60 FPS Yes

Future FPS Boost-enabled titles for Xbox Series X and Series S will be added to this list once announced.

Ultimate performance

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

120 FPS all the things!

The Xbox Series X is the pinnacle of Microsoft's next-gen console gaming vision and incorporates powerful hardware that can push games to their max. More games run better in Xbox FPS Boost on Xbox Series X, though it is more expensive and harder to get ahold of.

Affordable next-gen

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S

120 FPS with caveats

The Xbox Series S is a fantastic true next-gen console for those who don't want to shell out the cash for the more larger and more powerful Xbox Series X. If you're okay with missing Xbox FPS Boost on some titles, this is cheaper and easier to grab.

How to use FPS Boost on Xbox Series X and Series S

Disable Xbox FPS BoostSource: Microsoft

FPS Boost hit Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S with the Xbox March Update in 2021, included with official updates for both consoles. It's ready to go as a system-level feature and automatically kicks in when playing many supported titles. Using FPS Boost requires no game updates or additional work from players.

With most FPS Boost games, support automatically kicks in when starting a game on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S devices. Almost every game with FPS Boost upgrades works with the best Xbox console, Xbox Series X, although just a small minority of titles lack Xbox Series S support. You can check whether FPS mode is enabled via the following steps.

  1. Navigate to My games & apps on your Xbox console.
  2. Move your cursor to an FPS boost-compatible game.
  3. Press the Menu button.
  4. Select Manage game and add-ons.
  5. Select the Compatibility options tile.
  6. Check the FPS Boost box to enable FPS Boost.

Some titles with FPS Boost support may also supply these upgrades only on Xbox Series X systems, leaving their Xbox Series S counterparts upgrade-free. Check the complete list of FPS Boost titles above for a per-game breakdown.

Xbox FPS BoostSource: Microsoft

When FPS Boost is active with compatible titles, your Xbox console will display an FPS Boost icon through the Xbox Guide menu. Pressing the Xbox button to open the Guide will display the FPS BOOST signifier in the top right-hand corner of the screen, adjacent to the Auto HDR icon, if active.

For most titles, FPS Boost will deliver immediate upgrades no matter your setup. However, with titles leveraging the feature to achieve 120 FPS, it's crucial to ensure your screen matches the criteria. While 60Hz refresh rates have been long the norm for TVs, the 120Hz refresh rate demanded by 120 FPS titles requires a specialist display. Furthermore, 4K resolution at 120Hz demands the latest 4K TV tech, including the all-new HDMI 2.1 connector, which supports this high-bandwidth output. It's reserved for the best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X and Series S, although new options are steadily hitting the market.

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Does FPS Boost impact graphics?

Microsoft debuted FPS Boost as a seamless upgrade on Xbox Series X and Series S, and in most cases, it's a free performance boost with no negative impact on visuals. However, FPS Boost can potentially impact overall visual quality compared to the stock, unmodified game. This impacts Xbox Series X, although all Xbox Series S games remain unaffected.

The caveat ties back to Xbox One X Enhanced titles, upgraded for Microsoft's first 4K Xbox console released in 2017. The device brought a massive GPU upgrade over the standard Xbox One, and subsequent games leveraged this hardware, essentially using raw power to achieve a higher 4K resolution.

These games, now seeing FPS Boost improvements, can in many cases deliver 4K resolution with 60 FPS or 120 FPS upgrades. However, some games cannot provide a smooth 4K 60 FPS via backward compatibility, with Microsoft instead hampering the visual quality to achieve a higher framerate.

These FPS Boost-enabled titles lose their Xbox One X enhancements when on Xbox Series X, delivering their high framerates at the settings of standard Xbox One consoles. It can result in a lower resolution, worse effects, and overall muddied presentation versus the title with Xbox FPS Boost disabled. Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 are among those impacted by this tradeoff.

Thankfully, Microsoft makes FPS Boost entirely optional so that you can choose between 4K visuals or a slick 60 FPS.

How to disable FPS Boost on Xbox Series X/S

STAR WARS Battlefront IISource: Electronic Arts

Microsoft claims to extensively test every title with FPS Boost support, which should mean all the benefits with minor drawbacks on the system. But FPS Boost does have the potential to impact visuals in some cases, and if you encounter issues, Microsoft has included a toggle in the Xbox OS. It's quick and easy to disable the feature on a per-game basis, which returns the game to its original state.

  1. Navigate to My games & apps on your Xbox console.
  2. Move your cursor to an FPS boost-compatible game.
  3. Press the Menu button.
  4. Select Manage game and add-ons.
  5. Select the Compatibility options tile.
  6. Uncheck the FPS Boost box to disable FPS Boost.

To enable FPS Boost, follow the steps and re-check the FPS Boost check box.

Is Xbox 'Resolution Boost' coming to Xbox Series X and Series S?

FPS Boost is the latest Xbox backward-compatibility enhancement, modernizing games with framerates fit for the current generation. It stems from ongoing efforts to upgrade existing titles for the newest Xbox consoles, without touching game code, previously including 4K upgrades for Xbox 360 and original Xbox experience. And while Microsoft hasn't announced a "Resolution Boost"-style feature for Xbox Series X and Series S, it appears a likely addition, given a previous tease from Microsoft.

"The compatibility team has invented brand-new techniques that enable even more titles to run at higher resolutions and image quality while still respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators," said Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox Series X in August 2020. "We are also creating whole new classes of innovations including the ability to double the frame rate of a select set of titles from 30 FPS to 60 FPS or 60 FPS to 120 FPS."

While FPS Boost brings the ability to "double the frame rate" of existing Xbox One games, we're yet to see the equivalent upgrades to resolutions and image quality. While we don't have a timeline, it appears to be on the cards for the future.

Xbox FPS Boost joins a number of features joining the Xbox backward-compatibility list, designed to enhance and upgrade classics into the next generation. Let us know which games you hope to see with FPS Boost next in the comments section.

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