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by Cal » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:16 pm

So, definitely no back-compat for Vampire Rain, then? Gutted.*












*No, seriously. Gutted.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by Monkey Man » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:04 pm

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Making Backward Compatible Games Even Better with FPS Boost

As we detailed in October, with the increased CPU, GPU and memory from our new consoles, all of your existing games look and play better. With certain titles, we can make the experience even better, all with no work required by the developer, and no update needed by the gamer. To that end, the backward compatibility team has developed FPS Boost, which employs a variety of new methods for nearly doubling (and in a few instances, quadrupling) the original framerate on select titles. Higher, steadier framerates make games visually smoother, resulting in more immersive gameplay. We partnered closely with developers to enhance the experience while maintaining the game’s original intent. And while not applicable to all games, these new techniques can push game engines to render more quickly for a buttery smooth experience beyond what the original game might have delivered due to the capabilities of the hardware at the time.


We’re excited to announce the first assortment of backward compatible titles that will support FPS Boost – available beginning today – are Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2. We chose this initial collection of titles not only because they are popular among fans, but to highlight several different ways that FPS Boost can improve your experience. For example, New Super Lucky’s Tale can now run up to 120 frames per second (fps) and UFC 4 delivers improved framerate performance specifically on Xbox Series S and can now run at 60fps.

This is just the beginning. We will announce and release more titles featuring FPS Boost soon, as well roll out new menu icons and system settings in an upcoming system update. Starting this Spring, you can go into the “Manage Game” section for any title, where you’ll be presented with a new “Compatibility Options” button that will allow you to toggle FPS Boost (as well as Auto HDR) on or off. There will also be a new indicator informing you when a game is running with FPS Boost whenever you hit the Xbox Button on your controller. You decide how you want to play your favorite games, whether in its original form or with FPS Boost.


We’re very excited for fans to experience FPS Boost and in the coming months, we’ll be announcing more and more games that support this function.

At Xbox, we believe your gaming investments should come with you, which is why we’ve brought forward thousands of games from four generations to look and play better than ever on the Xbox Series X|S. We can’t wait for you all to give these titles a spin, and to reveal more FPS Boost games very soon.

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/02/17/ ... fps-boost/

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by Monkey Man » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:06 pm



Microsoft today lifts the lid on its brand new FPS Boost technology - a series of system level tweaks that allows legacy Xbox One titles to run with twice or even four times the frame-rate on Xbox Series consoles. Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs 2, UFC 4, Sniper Elite 4 and New Super Lucky's Tale are the first five titles to support the new feature - and we've had a chance to test them all. First impressions are impressive and the gaming experience is transformed on every game.


The difference with FPS Boost is that Microsoft's Xbox compatibility team is working its magic this time around to adjust frame-rate caps at the Direct3D level, increasing performance within the system, without any changes at all to the original code. As far as the games are concerned, they're still running at their original frame-rates.

In prior PR from Microsoft, the Xbox team have talked about doubling performance and at the basic level, that's exactly what's delivered. All of the five titles revealed today operate at 30 frames per second on Xbox One S - and four of them now run at 60fps on both Xbox Series consoles. The exception is New Super Lucky's Tale: this targeted 4K60 on Xbox One X and 1080p30 on Xbox One S. This is bumped up to 4K120 and 1080p120 on Series X and S consoles respectively - so yes, that's a quadrupling of performance comparing One S to Series S. There are no other changes to the game in terms of visuals, but the increase to performance is palpable: as we saw in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, platform games deliver a beautifully crisp experience at 120fps - and the Series consoles fully deliver. New Super Lucky's Tale is on Game Pass, meaning easy access for Series users to check this one out.


All of these FPS Boost-enhanced games are now available to play for Xbox Series users and all of them are well worth investigating - and we suspect that like us, you'll be impressed by the improvement here and left hungry for more, especially for Xbox One X enhanced games that should deliver a bit more bang for the buck for Series X users. If there's one slight disappointment, it's that three of the five games released today never received Xbox One X upgrades. Therefore, the improvement is performance-based alone, and a low resolution experience does stick out a touch on Series X consoles. Regardless, unlocked performance upgrades for legacy games is a very good thing - especially as developer updates for older titles are likely to be thin on the ground. FPS Boost also integrates with Auto HDR too and can look great, especially on Far Cry 4 - another reason to revisit a really impressive game.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digi ... ost-tested

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by rinks » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:16 pm

It’s good news, but I hope they roll out a lot more games, and soon, because that initial selection is a bit underwhelming.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by andythevillan » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:25 pm

Yes I thought Fallout 4 would be there but it's another great feature on the Xbox

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by jiggles » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:52 pm

I appreciate them tagging titles with improved frame rates like this (it’s certainly better than Sony’s method of “look to see if the dev has put out a patch”), for games that have been specifically updated to increase FPS caps.

But i can’t help but feel they should also be applying this tag to every existing BC game with an unlocked frame rate, because they also see boosted frame rates. The work for “you don’t need to think/worry about these kind of specifics” is kind of undone by the hundreds of games you have to do so for.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by andythevillan » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:33 pm

Just checked out the DF video and FarCry 4 looks great 60 frames. I really hope also we see some more resolution boosts for older games running sub 1080p.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - final Xbox One update (list p88), games + accessories back compat on next Xbox
by Buffalo » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:57 pm

This doesn’t sound like Binary Domain to me. Not interested.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Monkey Man » Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:18 pm

Per Jason Ronald's interview "For the games that are currently in testing, we expect to release new games every couple of weeks over the next couple of months with this capability enabled."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89L-3U2egKw

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Photek » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:52 pm

Remember when we used to get excited which games would be hitting BC? Well that feeling is back! :lol: :wub:

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:52 am

Looks neat. Might give Sniper Elite 4 a try.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Somebody Else's Presents » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:05 am

I completed Watch Dogs 2 a couple of weeks ago. Wish I'd waited.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by more heat than light » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:22 am

I would rather have more games.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Jenuall » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:25 am

Looks like a great feature, I'm still really impressed by Microsoft's approach to BC

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Frank » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:26 am

more heat than light wrote:I would rather have more games.


Yeah, definitely this. Really hope they're not going to be spending too much of their resource on just improving what's already there when there's still so much they could be working on bringing across :(

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by more heat than light » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:44 am

Frank wrote:
more heat than light wrote:I would rather have more games.


Yeah, definitely this. Really hope they're not going to be spending too much of their resource on just improving what's already there when there's still so much they could be working on bringing across :(


I have a drawer full of NTSC-J region 360 games that I want to work through, but my Japanese 360 is all packed away. If they could just add those in I'd be very happy. It's not unprecedented either, Raiden IV works flawlessly on a UK Xbox One.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Buffalo » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:17 am

Beatles Rock Band...make it happen, Microsoft.
And Damnation, for Frank I suppose.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by rinks » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:31 am

Buffalo wrote:Damnation, for Frank I suppose.

Bit harsh.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Buffalo » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:35 am

He deserves it, trust me.

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PostRe: Xbox Backwards Compatibility - FPS Boost p90
by Monkey Man » Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:44 pm

Next games getting FPS Boost soon are Dishonoured Definitive Edition, Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and Prey. Around 15 minutes in - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzJxrUXnadU

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