Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility Boost Announced

Microsoft has announced an Xbox Series X backwards compatibility boost for it’s old games. On a case by case basis, the old games from previous generations of the console will get an FPS boost. FPS is the Frames Per Second and can have a dramatic impact on gameplay smoothness. Current generation games can run at up to 120 fps, but many older games were capped at a paltry 30 fps.

Xbox Series X and the Series S already make background improvements to many old games such as HDR support. This is the latest technique Xbox has to make older games feel like they are running on next gen. So far, despite being an owner of the Series X, I have yet to experiment with many old games. I guess I’m not often the type of player that goes back and plays old games again. Though, not often doesn’t mean never. With limited time and so many current games I have yet to play, it feels like a waste of time.

However, playing older games and wanting improved gameplay is actually really popular in the gaming community. Therefore, Xbox are making themselves the console of choice for that retro gaming experience. You get access to some old games you used to play through Xbox Game Pass. However, now, some of games themselves are enhanced and more will follow. Check out the official announcement from Xbox below. Specifically, the first titles to receive this Xbox Series X backwards compatibility boost, and how to manage those options.

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We’re excited to announce the first assortment of backward compatible titles that will support FPS Boost – available beginning today –  are Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2. We chose this initial collection of titles not only because they are popular among fans, but to highlight several different ways that FPS Boost can improve your experience. For example, New Super Lucky’s Tale can now run up to 120 frames per second (fps) and UFC 4 delivers improved framerate performance specifically on Xbox Series S and can now run at 60fps.

This is just the beginning. We will announce and release more titles featuring FPS Boost soon, as well roll out new menu icons and system settings in an upcoming system update. Starting this Spring, you can go into the “Manage Game” section for any title, where you’ll be presented with a new “Compatibility Options” button that will allow you to toggle FPS Boost (as well as Auto HDR) on or off. There will also be a new indicator informing you when a game is running with FPS Boost whenever you hit the Xbox Button on your controller. You decide how you want to play your favorite games, whether in its original form or with FPS Boost.

This doesn’t cost anything, so where is the downside. Keep an eye out for new titles being announced. I’m sure at some point they are going to do this for one of my favorite games. Then I’ll be tempted to check it out. Leave any thoughts you have below about this Xbox Series X Backwards compatibility boost.


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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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