After some very last-minute delays, Ark: Survival Ascended finally landed on Xbox Series X|S this week - but its initial reception has been a bit mixed so far. This is a next-gen remake of sorts for Ark: Survival Evolved — now running on Unreal Engine 5 — and it seems the new tech is putting extra strain on Xbox performance.

As you can see in the video up above, the default frame rate here is hugely varied - running all the way from the 20FPS mark up to about 50FPS-or-so on Xbox Series X. Most of the time it's around the 30FPS area though, which is disappointing some fans who were expecting more from the full-priced remake.

Looking at some of the Xbox Store reviews (which sit at 3.6/5 overall), we're seeing some folks say it "looks worse than Evolved", while others are struggling to re-adjust to a lower frame rate in this remake. After all, the original release was enhanced for Xbox Series X|S - providing smoother frame rates and better visuals than on Xbox One.

Ark has always been a taxing game though, especially on console, and a lot of fans are also accepting of that. Another Xbox Store user reckons Survival Ascended has "amazing visuals", but they "just wish the frames were a bit better" - bemoaning a default average frame rate that sits close to 30FPS.

Some have pointed out that there are things you can do to improve the FPS in the game as well::

As with Survival Evolved, Studio Wildcard has plans to be working away on improving this remake while Ark 2 development is ongoing. It's clear that Xbox players would like to see some performance improvements going forward anyway - and we hope their wishes are granted.

Have you tried this one out yet? If so, what do you make of the remake job so far? Do tell us down in the comments section below.

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