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Microsoft confirms box art will 'clearly denote if a game is Optimized for Xbox Series X'

Xbox Series X Top
Xbox Series X Top (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Recently, Microsoft introduced the "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge.
  • It means that the game is targeting 4K resolution and 60 frames per second at minimum.
  • Many gamers disliked the large size of the badge on old box art.
  • Microsoft seems to be keeping it at the moment, possibly making it smaller.

Today, Twitter exploded with rumors that Microsoft was getting rid of the "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge. The badge indicates a resolution and performance target of 4K and 60 frames per second (FPS) respectively. However, the frame rate of select games can go as high as 120 FPS like Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the upcoming machine.

However, that doesn't seem like it's happening despite the Dirt 5 box art floating around without the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge. We managed to get a statement from Microsoft about the Dirt 5 box art. The company said the following.

Retail boxes and online product description pages will clearly denote if a game is Optimized for Xbox Series X with specific iconography. We have nothing further at this time.

Xbox Series X Optimized

Xbox Series X Optimized (Image credit: Microsoft)

It's unclear if the company will decide to make the badge smaller, but it'll be clear if a game is Optimized for Xbox Series X or not. I personally think it's a good thing because then you know what the resolution and performance targets are for the console.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

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  • They need to get rid of that badge, it destroys the cover art and it's pointless, if in the balck strip it says "Xbox Series X . Xbox One" then it already is optimized for Xbox Series X, Microsoft created so much marketing terms that it is becoming confusing for some, they also don't need Smart Delivery in the box (though it is small)