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 clutch of games to stay in a paused state and start instantly as soon as you select them.
But, perhaps the most impressive is FPS Boost. It 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.
Here then is an explanation of what it does, the compatible games, and how to get it.
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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 game rereleases, remasters, or games “optimised for Xbox Series X/S”. It is also only applicable on certain games announced as compatible.
Many 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. Some even get 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 games could run at a reduced resolution when FPS Boost is active. However, you can manually switch FPS Boost (and Auto HDR) on or off in the compatibility options on the game management screen for each respective title.
To do so, head to the game in your game library, hit the options button, scroll down to “manage game and add-ons”, click on it and you should see “compatibility options” on the next page (on the left-hand side). Click on that and you can use the tick box for FPS Boost if the game supports it.
Some titles where resolution is affected will not switch FPS Boost on automatically.
You can also 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, almost 100 games are FPS Boost enabled. Xbox hopes to increase that number regularly. 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 8 July 2021)
Alien Isolation *Anthem – no FPS Boost on Series S *Assassin’s Creed III RemasteredAssassin’s Creed Rogue RemasteredAssassin’s Creed The Ezio CollectionAssassin’s Creed UnityBattle Chasers: Nightwar (120fps) *Battlefield 1 (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Series S *Battlefield 4 (120fps) *Battlefield V (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Series S *Battlefield Hardline (120fps) *Beholder Complete Edition *Dark Souls 3Dead Island Definitive Edition – no FPS Boost on Series SDead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition – no FPS Boost on Series SDeus Ex Mankind Divided Dirt 4 (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Xbox Series SDishonored: Definitive Edition *Dishonored: Death of the Outsider *Don’t Starve: Giant Edition (120fps) *Dragon Age: Inquisition *Dungeon Defenders II
Dying Light – no FPS Boost on Series SFallout 4 *Fallout 76 *Far Cry 4Far Cry 5Far Cry New DawnFar Cry PrimalGears of War 4 *Golf with your Friends (120fps) *Halo Wars 2 *Halo: Spartan Assault (120fps) *Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (120fps) *Homefront: The RevolutionHyperscape (120fps)Island Saver (120fps)Lego Batman 3: Beyond GothamLego Jurassic WorldLego Marvel Superheroes (120fps on Series X)Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2Lego Marvel’s Avengers (120fps on Series X)Lego Star Wars: The Force AwakensLego The Hobbit (120fps on Series X)Lego The IncrediblesLego World – no FPS Boost on Series SLife is StrangeLife is Strange 2 – no FPS Boost on Series SLords of the Fallen
Mad Max (120fps on Series X)Metro 2033 Redux (120fps)Metro Last Light Redux (120fps)Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Series S *Monster Energy Supercross 3MotoGP 20 – only on Series S *Moving Out (120fps)My Friend Pedro (120fps)My Time at Portia *New Super Lucky’s Tale (120fps) *Overcooked 2 (120fps) *Paladins (120fps)Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (120fps) *Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (120fps) *Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (120fps) *Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (120fps) *Prey *Sea of Solitude *Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive EditionShadow Warrior 2 – no FPS Boost on Series S *Sleeping Dogs: Definitive EditionSmite (120fps)
Sniper Elite 4 *Star Wars: Battlefront (120fps) *Star Wars: Battlefront II (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Series S *Steep – only on Series S *Super Lucky’s Tale (120fps) *Superhot (120fps)The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition *The Evil Within 2 *The Gardens Between (120fps) – 60fps on Series S *The Lego Movie Videogame (120fps)The Lego Movie Videogame 2Titanfalll (120fps) – no FPS Boost on Series S *Titanfalll 2 (120fps) *Tom Clancy’s The DivisionTomb Raider: Definitive EditionTotally Reliable Delivery Service (120fps) *Two Point Hospital *UFC 4 *Unravel 2 (120fps) *Unruly Heroes (120fps) *Untitled Goose Game (120fps) *Wasteland 3 *Watch Dogs 2Watch_DogsYakuza 6: The Song of Life *
* These games are available as part of Xbox Game Pass so you can try them out immediately if you are a member.