While Microsoft has previously focused on improving frame rates with backward compatibility for its newer Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S gaming platforms, FPS Boost is specifically designed to improve older games without developers having to do any extra work.
And some games almost double frame rates, and the software giant says: It has seen some cases in which frame rates have quadrupled for backward compatible games.
According to the company, the first games to support FPS Boost are Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2.
Improvements vary across games, with New Super Lucky’s Tale now running at 120fps refresh rate and UFC 4 now running 60fps refresh rate specifically via Xbox Series S.
Games with FPS Boost include a new indicator when you press the Xbox button with a joystick, just like how Quick Resume or automatic HDR indicators appear today across Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S platforms.
And Paul Eng, Director of Programs at Xbox, explains that this is just the beginning, and we are heading to announce more games that support the new feature, as we release new menu icons and system settings in an upcoming system update.
He said: This new dashboard update arrives in the spring, and includes the ability to toggle compatibility options in games, and be able to disable automatic HDR or toggle this new FPS Boost feature on and off to see the effect it provides or play games in their original form.
Microsoft is rolling out FPS Boost on a larger scale soon with a new update to the dashboard.
While the initial list is somewhat limited, Microsoft says it plans to announce more games that support FPS Boost in the coming months.