Last week was a big deal for Microsoft and Bethesda, as the two companies nearly ended their merger agreement. In the wake of the European Commission’s approval of Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, the major players from the two companies sat in a long-running roundtable discussion about the future of Bethesda and its subsidiaries at Xbox Game Studios.
There wasn’t much news to share during that roundtable, although Bethesda and Microsoft revealed that a batch of Bethesda games were arriving on Xbox Game Pass the next day. When that happened, the number of Bethesda games on Xbox Game Pass rose to 20, and Microsoft said it would implement FPS Boost technology in some of those games.
Today Microsoft kept its promise, and FPS Boost paid off Dishonored: Final EditionAnd the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionAnd the Fallout 4And the victim, And the Fallout 76. FPS Boost in these games is available for everyone, whether you own the game completely or play it through Xbox Game Pass.
FPS Boost essentially does what it says on the box, giving these games higher frame rates when played on a next-gen console like the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. In all five of these games, Microsoft says FPS Boost brings them in more rates. The original frames from 30 fps to “Approximately 60 fps”.
We’re guessing having the word “almost” there means we’ll see some flips at the high end, but regardless, these five games should have higher and more consistent frame rates when played on Xbox Series X | S. If you are playing one of these titles on one of these consoles, you can see if FPS Boost is on by pressing the Xbox button in the game to open the guide, where it will tell you in the upper-right corner if FPS Boost is active. Microsoft says it will have more FPS Boost games to announce in the coming weeks, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this information.