Yesterday, a comment from a Ubisoft representative caused a fair bit of commotion when it was reportedly revealed that Assassin's Creed Valhalla will run "at least" 30fps on Xbox Series X, suggesting 60fps (or higher) support for the game will either be absent, or is still being worked on.
While not commenting on the game itself, GM of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg has explained more about the "standard output" of 60fps on Xbox Series X that he mentioned last week. Responding to Tom Warren of The Verge, Greenberg revealed that games aren't forced to run at 60fps or higher on the system, and that developers have flexibility on how to utilise the console's power:
As we all know, the Xbox Series X has the potential to support up to 120fps, with upcoming title Dirt 5 already confirmed to feature a 120HZ mode. But given that the power is ultimately in the developer's hands, it remains to be seen whether all games will be able (or choose) to achieve 60fps or above on the system.
What are your thoughts on the next-gen frame rate debate? Let us know in the comments.
At this point it would seem pretty poor if a dev can't at the very least offer a 60Hz option at a lower than max resolution, even if the game display at higher res/lower FPS by default.
I would be mad at Ubisoft if Valhalla didn't support 60 fps on Series X. Square Enix (Crystal Dynamics), CD Projekt, Capcom and many others have offered Performance mode on Xbox One X for years. Xbox One, Series X and Windows 10 PCs are basically the same platform so no excuses for not optimising the game when it is confirmed for Windows.
I have several games on preorder for my Switch. I have been playing a few last gen games as of late. I've been adamant that a 60fps only future is not realistic nor is it required. And many of the biggest games of this gen ran at 30fps.
60fps is one of those features that should be prioritised according to dev and game. So racing games and competitive shooters, for everything else, it's a bonus.
Ultimately, I could name a dozen or more things more important to a game experience than 60fps.
@Richnj On the flip side, I could name a dozen things less important than frame rate for a game experience. Things like that are subjective, vary from person to person. There is no reason these options can’t be placed in the hands of the end user (quality mode, performance mode, etc).
So I guess we'll mostly see 4K/30fps for Series X with no option for 1080p/60fps then?
@Grumblevolcano Highly doubt that. I'm anticipating 4K/60fps for most (particularly first-party) with the occasional 4K/30fps elsewhere, possibly with performance modes.
Im guessing all the 1st party games from xbox will be 60fps, However 3rd party is a whole different ballgame..
As long as they pass that flexibility on to us, we should be able to choose what settings we use these days
@Steel76 Game graphics are going to increase a lot next gen to the point where that Pc won't be able to run next gen games at 60 fps without decreasing the graphics a lot
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