Prey, Skyrim, Dishonored and more benefit from Xbox FPS Boost on Xbox Series X, S

Prey (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

What you need to know

  • Xbox FPS Boost is a technology allowing backward compatible games on Xbox Series X|S to run at twice (or sometimes quadruple) the framerate they previously ran at.
  • Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that some Bethesda games would benefit from Xbox FPS Boost.
  • Today, those games have been confirmed to be Prey, Dishonored, Skyrim, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

As part of Bethesda joining Xbox, several Bethesda Softworks titles were added to Xbox Game Pass today. The Xbox Wire post accompanying the announcement yesterday confirmed that some titles would see Xbox FPS Boost enhancements, allowing Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S owners to run the titles at 60 FPS instead of 30 FPS.

During Larry Hyrb's Xbox podcast, (timestamp 14:14) his co-host Jeff Rubenstein confirmed that five of the Bethesda games in Xbox Game Pass are benefitting from Xbox FPS Boost. The titles being enhanced are Prey, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Skyrim: Special Edition, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76. No exact date was given for when these games will get this support exactly, so keep an eye out over the next week or so.

Now that Bethesda is Xbox first-party, the teams are going to be working more closely together, with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer explaining that outside of contractual obligations (such as Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo), Bethesda being part of Xbox is about delivering exclusive games to platforms "where Game Pass exists."

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  • They choose good games to start with.
    I own and replay most of those so the boost will be welcome when/if I scare up a list price SX.
    Hopefully they'll boost more in to near future.
  • I play on PC, but Dishonored is my absolute favorite game of all time, and anything that gets it attention so long after it came out is great news. Should we gather for whiskey and cigars tonight?
  • If you're not careful you'll get a crossbow bolt in the knee.
  • Dishonored 2 will complete if for me. Great games.
  • Yes, I believe so.
  • Playing Dishonored rn for the first time. Have both 1&2 download and will play consecutively thereafter. GamePass is simply amazing. And tbh you're either a hater, don't play games at all or one of those 🦖 "physical" copy freaks if you don't subscribe to GamePass. It's too dam sweet. Wait until Microsoft announces the different tiers of GamePass ultimate i.e family plans. And I just brought a yoga laptop running Windows S. Cannot wait until xcloud comes to Windows 10 and Apple devices too.
  • First, switching to Windows Home is free. Unless you *really* like the restraints. Some do.
    Second, while Gamepass is awesome, it isn't for everybody. Some folks don't play more than one or two games a year, others are happy with the XBL freebies, and others buy-play-sell. And the open world RPGs and Survival games are such time sinks you can spend a year or more in them, especially if they allow mods.
    That is one reason Gamepass offers the discount on game buying.
    Good as it is, Gamepass isn't getting to 100% console market share. 50-60% sure. More? Doubtful.
    But with PC, mobile, and SmartTVs, 200-300Million is something they can aspire to.
  • Lol 60fps Like yeah I'm glad they're getting these updates but Skyrim of all things should have been 60fps on Xbox One already as it is
  • It should have been, but the CPUs were so bad it couldn't handle it.
  • Better late than never. I'll take any 60fps boost I can get on console.