Xbox FPS Boost Coming Soon To Fallout 4 And Other Old Bethesda Games [Update: Now Available]

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After launching the FPS Boost feature in February with a handful of games, Microsoft has announced that five more games, all from Bethesda, will soon be enjoying FPS Boost support.

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This news comes from the latest episode of The Official Xbox Podcast. In its opening section, Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Xbox senior communications manager Jeff Rubenstein discussed Bethesda’s recent acquisition by Microsoft. To celebrate the deal, a bunch of new Bethesda games were added to Game Pass. But what has me more excited is that five Bethesda games on the service will soon be getting FPS Boost support, a feature allowing older games to run at higher framerates on the Xbox Series X and Series S.

The five games in question are Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Prey, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, and Dishonored: Definitive Edition.

Update 1:20 PM EST: Xbox announced today that these five games now support FPS Boost. For Fallout 76 and Fallout 4, players will need to turn on FPS Boost manually. Though Microsoft warns doing so will also drop the resolution of those two games in order to keep performance stable.

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Something interesting, if you care about this stuff, is that Fallout 4 was one of the very first games we saw using FPS Boost back before the new feature had an official name. In a short video offered without much context last October, Microsoft showcased Fallout 4 running at 60 frames per second. While Xbox players could already use the game’s mod support to achieve similar performance boosts, it will finally be an official feature soon.

Be sure to set the video to 720p60 or 1080p60 to actually see the difference.

The podcast gave no specific date for when to expect this latest crop of games to get FPS Boost support. It sounds like it might happen when the next big Xbox Series X/S update rolls out, which will add per-game settings allowing players to toggle Auto HDR and FPS Boost on games that support it.

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I checked out FPS Boost recently and came away majorly impressed. It made older games feel more modern and playable without the need for extra mods or downloads. I’m excited to see how something like Fallout 76 will run with FPS Boost, as its performance on consoles is notoriously bad. But now that Fallout 76 is pretty good, it would be great to see it running better on the next-gen Xbox consoles.

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Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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MajesticEagleWarrior

I need that resolution boost and HDR as well and not just a FPS boost alone. FO4 already looks great on XSX, so the FPS boost will only make it better. A 360 game like Skate 3 looks fantastic XSX. The classic Xbox games as well like, Prince of Persia & SSX3 with higher resolution and FPS boost look so sharp and detailed on XSX. Coupled that HDR and they’re game changers. I wanna play them all over again. Some games though like Watchdogs 2 with just FPS boost still look bad. Yeah more frames is great but at 1080p the game has jaggies and grainy visual. Sunset Overdrive and 2012 SSX have had nothing done to them and look bad on XSX. So I hope more backwards compatible games get 4K resolution, FPS boost and HDR. It’s like going from night and day on my 4K HDR TV.