Microsoft's Bethesda Purchase Bears FPS Boost Fruit For Fallout 76, Dishonored And More

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Microsoft recently implemented FPS Boost for its Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X game consoles. FPS Boost allows games initially designed for previous-generation Xbox hardware to leverage the superior hardware of the Xbox Series S/X for improved performance. In many cases, FPS Boost can double the frame rate of supported games.

Last week, Microsoft announced that it completed its acquisition of Bethesda Game Studios' parent company ZeniMax. And one of the latest benefits of that new relationship is FPS Boost support for five legacy games: Dishonored: Definitive Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Prey.

Microsoft says that this FPS Boost support also extends to subscribers of Xbox Game Pass. However, FPS Boost is not a straightforward implementation for all the games mentioned above. Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 are too graphically intense to enable FPS Boost by default. And even when FPS Boost is enabled, Microsoft is forced to reduce this two game's resolution to double FPS performance. 

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"To see if the game you're playing is running FPS Boost or Auto HDR, you can also now just tap the Xbox Button on your controller while in the game and you'll see a Guide overlay indicator in the upper right corner if the features are enabled or not," wrote Microsoft in a blog post

It should be noted that in the case of the five Bethesda games, performance jumps from 30fps to 60fps. The latest March update for the Xbox Series S/X is required to take advantage of FPS Boost. The March update also adds support for the newly announced Xbox Wireless Headset, among other new features.