Microsoft Launches FPS Boost Initiative For Backwards Compatible Titles, Starting With Watch Dogs 2 & More

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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One of the biggest tales told in regards to the next-generation systems is the outcome of games on preceding hardware. In the for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, and later Xbox Series S, that became a selling point leading to the system’s release. Back in February 2020, Microsoft issued new functionality that will be present for its titles that are funneled through its backwards compatibility program.

So, players can of course find better resolution outputs from their display and even greater frames per second that the intended hardware the respected title shipped on could not even reach. Atop of that, games through the program can also face an auto-HDR support feature which will surely be enticing to see on decade-old titles especially.

This Wednesday, Microsoft went to introduce a new initiative for its backwards compatible titles – FPS Boost. Fairly straightforward, games that were offered on last-generation Xbox One will now suffice to greater enhancements on the latest Xbox architecture.

The backward compatibility team has developed FPS Boost, which employs a variety of new methods for nearly doubling (and in a few instances, quadrupling) the original framerate on select titles. Higher, steadier framerates make games visually smoother, resulting in more immersive gameplay.

We partnered closely with developers to enhance the experience while maintaining the game’s original intent. And while not applicable to all games, these new techniques can push game engines to render more quickly for a buttery smooth experience beyond what the original game might have delivered due to the capabilities of the hardware at the time.

Paul Eng, Xbox Senior Program Manager

For now, there are five games that are supported via FPS Boost: Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, Watch Dogs 2, and UFC 4. However, more games are told to be welcomed to the supported list as time moves forward. More interesting about the new pursuit for Microsoft is that some games exceed to a breathtaking 120 frames per second like Playful Studios’ which virtually doubles from its initial performance.

According to a video feature from Digital Foundry, the titles featured in Wednesday’s release are faced with a rock solid performance. While some games still do stress the newer hardware and dip a miniscule amount, the aforementioned titles do still greatly outperform in comparison to its original versions.

Elsewhere previously, Microsoft did tap into more game arriving to its backwards compatibility program later on. While the internal team is still working on the new aim for more games, Xbox Director of Product Management Jason Ronald explains that the pursuit is not entirely promised leading forward. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you planning to try the new FPS Boost titles on Xbox Series X|S?

Source: Xbox Wire

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