More than 30 games, including three Sonic the Hedgehog titles, were announced to receive a framerate boost on the Xbox Series X and S platforms, Microsoft unveiled today during a special Xbox broadcast.
The titles, which included 2008’s Sonic Unleashed, 2011’s Sonic Generations, and 2012’s Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, will receive a feature that Microsoft called “FPS Boost”. The technology will force game engines to render at a higher and steadier frame rate than their default variables.
Typically, it means that titles like Generations can be unlocked to run at or above 60 frames per second, while maintaining the game’s “intent” and overall stability.
“By empowering players to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want regardless of where they were originally created, we continue to enable new generations of gamers to experience great games and franchises from the past.”Peggy Lo, Xbox Compatibility Program leader
Many Sonic community members reacted positively to the news on social media, now with renewed excitement to dash through levels in fast-paced titles like Unleashed.
The update was published to coincide with Xbox’s 20th anniversary, which also added more than 70 games to their backward compatibility catalogue.
Players can toggle the new feature as of 15 November.
h/t The Verge