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Optimized for Xbox Series X badge indicates 'performance target of 60 FPS at 4K'

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What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is an upcoming next-generation console from Microsoft.
  • It's expected to launch on Holiday 2020.
  • The "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge has a new visual standard.
  • Microsoft says that games with that badge will target 60 FPS and beyond.

Recently, Microsoft revealed the first gameplay for Xbox Series X. Hotly-anticipated titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Bright Memory: Infinite, and more were revealed, but the "Optimized for Xbox Series X" badge left gamers with more questions than answers. Were the games going to run at 4K resolution? What about the frame rate (FPS)? Luckily, an Xbox Wire (opens in new tab) post clarified what the badge means.

The post said the following.

Optimized for Xbox Series X is the indicator for games that take advantage of the full power of Xbox Series X. Since Xbox Series X offers developers unparalleled power and speed, this empowers them to create the experiences they want and embrace a range of features and capabilities based on what is best for their individual titles... Games featuring the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge can showcase anything from virtually eliminating load times via the Xbox Velocity Architecture, heightened visuals, and hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing powered by our custom, next-generation GPU, to steadier and often higher framerates up to 120 FPS... such as Halo Infinite... Games that have been Optimized for Xbox Series X use the power of the new console to deliver higher, steadier frame rates, with a performance target of 60 FPS at 4K resolution. Some games will even be able to support frame rates up to 120 FPS or variable refresh rates, allowing developers to offer players heightened realism and more precise controls for fast-paced action.

If you see the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge, then that means that the performance target is 4K 60 FPS. It's great to see that Microsoft cleared this up.

Wondering which games are Optimized for Xbox Series X? Below you'll find a list of titles confirmed to be Optimized for Xbox Series X.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • DiRT 5
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Halo Infinite
  • Hitman 3
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Outriders
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Second Extinction
  • The Ascent
  • The Medium
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon haven't been confirmed to run at 60 FPS, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. The Xbox Wire post may be seen as confirmation that these titles will try to achieve 4K 60 FPS visuals.

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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.

5 Comments
  • Looking at you AC Valhalla...
  • This is great news! I don't honestly care if the game is being upscaled now to reach that fps, because the upscaling techniques are so good now, that the resulting image is as good as or even better than native 4k!
  • I don't think upscaling is involved here. Checkerboarding on PS4 Pro results in a horrendous image in my opinion. Just look at Destiny 2 on PS4 Pro vs. Xbox One X.
  • What's more horrendous is the fact that PS4 Pro is marketed as a 4K machine. I don't think many games if any can hit native 4k on the PS4 Pro. 1440p to 1800p seems to be the norm.
  • It depends on the game, Detroit and Horizon look great with checkboarding, games like Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank use temporal injection and it looks very close to 4K if not identical.