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Skyrim, Fallout 4, and other Bethesda games get FPS Boost on Xbox Series X

Frame rates on Xbox One games doubled to ‘nearly 60 fps’

Brotherhood of Steel armor from Fallout 4 Image: Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Five games from publisher Bethesda Softworks now support Microsoft’s FPS Boost feature, the technology that increases frame rates for games running on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, nearly doubling their original frame rates. Those titles are Dishonored: Definitive Edition, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Prey.

Microsoft announced FPS Boost support for those five games on Monday via Xbox Wire, saying that players can “expect to see an increase from 30 fps to nearly 60 fps” after enabling the feature. FPS Boost was announced in February as a new feature for Xbox Series X backward compatibility with select Xbox One games. The optional graphics setting can double or quadruple frame rates for games running on the new Xbox, but requires “partner[ing] closely with developers to enhance” their games.

Bethesda and Microsoft are partnered very closely, now that the Xbox maker has officially completed its acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft noted that some Bethesda games that now support FPS Boost may run at lower resolution to support increased frame rates:

In some instances, because there are higher graphics requirements to enable FPS Boost technology, we’ve had to reduce a game’s resolution to ensure it both runs smoothly and plays great. In those select cases, such as Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 in this latest title announcement, FPS Boost is not automatically enabled for Xbox Series X gamers. For all titles receiving this update, gamers will see a clear indicator if a title is running FPS Boost.

All five Bethesda games that support FPS Boost are included as part of Xbox Game Pass.

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