Warframe is now an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title, releases first next-gen update

Warframe Xbox Series X S Optimized Image
Warframe Xbox Series X S Optimized Image (Image credit: Digital Extremes | Xbox)

What you need to know

  • Warframe is a popular free-to-play game in the same vein as Bungie's Destiny 2.
  • The game was already updated for the PS5, but not for Xbox Series X|S.
  • That changes today, as Warframe is officially an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title with today's expansion.
  • The 'Call of the Tempestarii' update also includes new improvements, story content, a Warframe, and more.

Warframe is a long-running popular free-to-play third-person action shooter from studio Digital Extremes, and is commonly compared to games like Destiny 2. Warframe is generally an excellent game and is very well supported. Late last year, Warframe was updated for the PS5 with a bunch of new enhancements and improvements. Today, the game is following suit on Xbox. Warframe is now an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title.

The Call of the Tempestarii expansion is rolling out for free to all Warframe players today, and includes a ton of new content for players to explore.

Warframe's Xbox Series X|S Optimizations include:

  • 4K at 60 fps on Series X, 1080p at 60fps on Series S
  • Dynamic real-time lighting and volumetric shadows
  • New detailed sound system
  • Improved loading speeds
  • Cross-gen gameplay with Xbox One

The Call of the Tempestarii update includes:

  • Puts you at the helm of the battleship Railjack
    • Pilot
    • Fight
    • Command a crew
    • Wield a powerful weapon
  • Acquiring a Railjack is much easier now
  • Command Intrinsics and Avionics Systems updates
  • Hireable AI crew members
    • Can be leveled up
    • Can be customized
  • Many improvements to countless systems
  • More diverse game modes and rewards
  • New missions
  • Sevagoth, the 46th Warframe
    • Heavy damage type
    • Heals teammates with enemy souls
    • Second form unleashes devastating "Shadow" melee attack
  • New space-bound story quest
  • 8th-anniversary celebration
  • Free perk for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

There's a lot to like about the Call of the Tempestarii update, which is now available for Warframe players on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. Things are about to get even better for Warframe, as well, as upcoming changes to Xbox Live Gold will make Warframe truly free to play online—Xbox Live Gold will no longer be a requirement for online multiplayer in free-to-play games.

Warframe is one of the best games on Xbox, especially for fans of similar games like Destiny 2, which is now also a free-to-play game. If you haven't given it a try yet, now is the best time to jump in.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.