Borderlands 3 will support 4K at 60FPS on Xbox Series X, free next-gen upgrade

Borderlands 3 Two Player Splitscreen Vertical
Borderlands 3 Two Player Splitscreen Vertical (Image credit: 2K)

What you need to know

  • Borderlands 3 will support 4K at 60FPS on Xbox Series X and PS5.
  • If you own the current game on Xbox One or PS4 you'll receive a free next-gen upgrade for the corresponding console.
  • Gearbox is also adding 4-player split-screen, vertical split-screen and new skills trees for each Vault Hunter.
  • Cross-play may be coming to Borderlands 3 next year.

During PAX Online, Gearbox announced that Borderlands 3 will be coming to Xbox Series X and PS5. Those who already own the game on Xbox One will receive a free upgrade for the Xbox Series X version, and those with a PS4 copy will get a free upgrade for the PS5 version. It will support 4K at 60FPS on both the Xbox Series X and PS5 in single-player. Multiplayer was unfortunately not mentioned in the announcement.. Gearbox did not reveal the frame rate or resolution on Xbox Series S.

Borderlands 3 currently supports performance and resolution mode on Xbox One X and PS4, delivering an 1800p image alongside a locked 30FPS or 1080p resolution with an unlocked frame-rate, targeting 60FPS. While it's received performance patches since launch, parts of the game still struggle and suffer from lag, particularly the menu.

In addition, Borderlands 3 is getting two highly requested co-op features for free. 4-player split-screen and the option for vertical split-screen play, just like the original, is coming back. These features will launch with the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions and will be added to the Xbox One and PS4 versions with a free patch.

Gearbox also revealed that Borderlands 3 will receive more paid DLC, but they won't be like the expansions from the Season Pass. These content packs will include a brand-new game mode as well as a new skill tree for each Vault Hunter. Though the company did not reveal too many details about these skill trees, it did announce that FL4K would be getting a Loaderbot pet and a new action kill called Gravity Snare, which is a throwable trap that tosses enemies up into the air before slamming them back into the ground.

To round out the announcements, Gearbox teased that we may be hearing news about Borderlands 3 cross-lay sometime next year.

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Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.