What is Xbox FPS Boost?

By Sean Carey,
A few months after the Xbox Series X|S was released, Microsoft announced a new feature called FPS Boost that drastically improves frame rates in older games. Here is everything you need to know about Xbox FPS Boost.

Xbox FPS Boost

What is FPS Boost?

FPS Boost is a feature exclusive to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles that can significantly improve a game's frame rate. The technique, reserved for older games, was devised by Microsoft's backward compatibility team and can double (and sometimes even quadruple) the original frame rate of a game. This allows for a buttery-smooth gameplay experience, something which might not have been possible previously due to hardware capabilities at the time. FPS Boost doesn't require any extra work from developers, and you won't need to download any updates to see the benefits now or in the future.

What games utilise FPS Boost?

FPS Boost is used to improve frame rates in previous-gen games. When FPS Boost was first announced, just five games utilised the feature: Far Cry 4, Sniper Elite 4, Watch Dogs 2, UFC 4, and New Super Lucky's Tale. The list of titles has now grown to nearly 100, which we've included below.

Title Xbox Series X Xbox Series S Off by default on Series X
Alien Isolation 60hz 60hz
Anthem 60hz Not Available Yes
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered 60hz 60hz Yes
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered 60hz 60hz
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection 60hz 60hz
Assassin’s Creed Unity 60hz 60hz
Battle Chasers: Nightwar 120hz 120hz
Battlefield 1 120hz Not Available Yes
Battlefield 4 120hz 120hz
Battlefield Hardline 120hz 120hz
Battlefield V 120hz Not Available Yes
Beholder Complete Edition 60hz 60hz
Dark Souls III 60hz 60hz
Dead Island Definitive Edition 60hz Not Available
Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 60hz Not Available
Deus Ex Mankind Divided 60hz 60hz
DiRT 4 120hz Not Available
Dishonored – Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 60hz 60hz Yes
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition 120hz 120hz
Dragon Age: Inquisition 60hz 60hz
Dungeon Defenders II 60hz 60hz
Dying Light 60hz Not Available
Fallout 4 60hz 60hz Yes
Fallout 76 60hz 60hz Yes
Far Cry 4 60hz 60hz
Far Cry 5 60hz 60hz Yes
Far Cry New Dawn 60hz 60hz Yes
Far Cry Primal 60hz 60hz
Gears of War 4 60hz 60hz Yes
Golf with your Friends 120hz 120hz
Halo Wars 2 60hz60hz
Halo: Spartan Assault 120hz 120hz
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition 120hz 120hz
Homefront: The Revolution 60hz 60hz Yes
Hyperscape 120hz 120hz Yes
Island Saver 120hz 120hz
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 60hz 60hz
LEGO Jurassic World 60hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 60hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 120hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers 120hz 60hz
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens 60hz 60hz
LEGO The Hobbit 120hz 60hz
LEGO The Incredibles 60hz 60hz
LEGO Worlds 60hz Not Available
Life is Strange 60hz 60hz
Life is Strange 2 60hz Not Available
Lords of the Fallen 60hz 60hz
Mad Max 120hz 60hz
Metro 2033 Redux 120hz 120hz
Metro: Last Light Redux 120hz 120hz
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst 120hz Not Available
Monster Energy Supercross 3 60hz 60hz Yes
MotoGP 20 Not Available 60hz
Moving Out 120hz 120hz
My Friend Pedro 120hz 120hz
My Time at Portia 60hz 60hz
New Super Lucky’s Tale 120hz 120hz
Overcooked! 2 120hz 120hz
Paladins 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville 120hz 120hz Yes
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid 120hz 120hz
Prey 60hz 60hz
Realm Royale 120hz 120hz
ReCore 60hz 60hz
Sea of Solitude 60hz 60hz
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Shadow Warrior 2 60hz Not Available
Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
SMITE 120hz 120hz Yes
Sniper Elite 4 60hz 60hz
Star Wars Battlefront 120hz 120hz
Star Wars Battlefront II 120hz Not Available Yes
Steep Not Available 60hz
Super Lucky’s Tale 120hz 120hz
SUPERHOT 120hz 120hz
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 60hz 60hz
The Evil Within 2 (PsychoBreak 2 in Japan) 60hz 60hz Yes
The Gardens Between 120hz 60hz
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame 60hz 60hz
The LEGO Movie Videogame 120hz 120hz
Titanfall 120hz Not Available
Titanfall 2 120hz 120hz Yes
Tom Clancy’s The Division 60hz 60hz
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Totally Reliable Delivery Service 120hz 120hz
Two Point Hospital 60hz 60hz
UFC 4 60hz 60hz
Unravel 2 120hz 120hz Yes
Unruly Heroes 120hz 120hz
Untitled Goose Game 120hz 120hz
Wasteland 3 60hz 60hz Yes
Watch Dogs 2 60hz 60hz
Watch_Dogs 60hz 60hz
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 60hz 60hz

Do I have to turn on FPS Boost?

For most compatible games, FPS Boost is enabled automatically. However, for some, you will need to turn it on. This is because Microsoft needs to reduce a game's resolution to ensure the game runs with a steady frame rate. To check if the game you're playing is running FPS Boost, hit the Xbox button on your controller while in the game, and you should see the FPS Boost overlay indicator in the top right corner of the screen. If you don't see this, you can easily turn on FPS Boost by heading to Compatibility Options in the Manage Game and Add-ons setting.

Are there any drawbacks to using FPS Boost?

Unfortunately, FPS Boost does come with a negative. In a certain few games, Microsoft dials back the resolution to achieve a decent and stable frame rate, so while the game will perform better than it did previously, it may not look as good or as defined as it did previously. FPS Boost is turned off by default for these games and must be enabled if you want to use it.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.