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Minecraft Dungeons is now Xbox Series X|S Optimized with 'Flames of the Nether' update

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Minecraft Dungeons Nether Dlc Teaser (Image credit: Mojang Studios | Twitter)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Dungeons is getting its largest and most ambitious update so far with the Flames of the Nether expansion today.
  • Alongside all the new additions, content, and quality-of-life improvements, Minecraft Dungeons is now an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title.
  • Minecraft Dungeons players will be able to enjoy up to 4K resolution at 120fps on Xbox Series X and up to 1440p at 60fps on Xbox Series S.
  • These are variable rates, so Minecraft Dungeons will preserve performance when playing in local co-op.

Earlier today, Minecraft Dungeons began releasing the Flames of the Nether expansion and update. Alongside the substantial changes in Flames of the Nether, Mojang Studios has also officially made Minecraft Dungeons an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title. That's right, Minecraft Dungeons will now look and play best on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S!

According to Mojang Studios, Minecraft Dungeons will now play at up to 4K resolution and 120fps on the Xbox Series X, while the smaller Xbox Series S will be able to play at up to 1440p resolution and 60fps. These numbers are variable, so Minecraft Dungeons can preserve performance when playing in local co-op, etcetera.

There may be other enhancements to Minecraft Dungeons' visuals, but they're not listed in the Flames of the Nether changelog. Minecraft Dungeons was already benefiting from the lightning-fast SSD in the Xbox Series X|S through backward compatibility, and took advantage of Xbox's innovative Auto HDR feature to increase dynamic range on-screen.

If you're interested, you can also check out the full changelog for Minecraft Dungeons' Flames of the Nether update.

You can install the free portion of the Flames of the Nether update right now on your Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, or Switch. Minecraft Dungeons is also available through Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud). If you want to get the most out of Minecraft Dungeons and Flames of the Nether, consider picking up the Minecraft Dungeons Season Pass, which includes the Howling Peaks expansion, the newly released Flames of the Nether expansion, and the next two DLCs for Minecraft Dungeons.

Now that Minecraft Dungeons is Xbox Series X|S Optimized, it could really benefit from one of the Best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X|S, many of which support that desirable 120fps.

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Zachary Boddy
News Writer, Minecraft Expert

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

4 Comments
  • "That's right, Minecraft Dungeons will now look and play best on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S!" Wrong. PC is still the best way to play.
  • The marketing term "plays best on..." refers to other consoles (and from that perspective Xbox and PC are allies, with Sony and Nintendo being the rivals that take game releases away from PC gamers with their exclusives). And since you're obviously just trying to nitpick, Xbox Series X does play better than MOST PC's in use today. You would be right that those on nVidia 30 series GPUs are typically able to outperform even the Series X. From the Ray Tracing and graphics performance videos I've seen, Series X looks to be near the RTX 2070 series cards, but it could advance as the AMD drivers mature and game devs better master the specifics of the new Xbox.
  • Yawn. Sorry I'm still yawning.
  • Good news! Should be buttery smooth with the right TV