One of the most highly-anticipated features to come to next-gen gaming is the ability to stretch beyond frame-rate limitations finally. Taking console gaming from 30 FPS to 120 FPS is a massive step in the right direction.
And whilst not all Xbox Series X and S games will reach 120 FPS, there are a great deal already confirmed to be hitting that height. In a new video by Xbox On, the Xbox-focussed YouTube channel confirms 9 new games that will take advantage of the console’s new hardware.
What Does 120 FPS Mean?
FPS is short for frames per second. If there are a certain number of frames displayed every second, that’s how many images will be broadcast to your TV or monitor.
The current standard for consoles is around 60 FPS, with some games clocking in at only 30 FPS. Doubling the amount of frames per second will lead to far smoother animations and overall better-looking gameplay.
Of course, to take advantage of this improvement, you’re going to need to prepare. Your TV or monitor is going to need to be capable of displaying the images quickly enough.
How quickly a screen can display frames is referred to as its ‘refresh rate’. Eager next-gen adopters will need a screen with at least a 120Hz refresh rate to see the difference with their new Xbox.
9 Games Confirmed to Reach 120 FPS
Although not all games will be capable of running at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X and S, there are some confirmed to be up to the task. It’s worth noting that some developers might not choose to push the hardware to its FPS limits.
Instead, some teams may prefer to push the Xbox’s graphical capabilities, making incredible 4K experiences that aren’t capable of reaching 120 FPS. Hopefully, the Xbox pre-order delays won’t affect us getting to play these next-gen games for too long.
Without further ado, here are 9 games confirmed to play at 120 FPS on the next-gen Xbox:
Yes, Halo Infinite has been delayed from its initial launch date, but it’s still going to run as smooth as butter when it finally arrives. Microsoft’s biggest Xbox-seller will display at 120 FPS, specifically in its multiplayer.
This is huge for Halo fans, as it’ll be the best the franchise has ever looked and it’s set to perfectly encapsulate the jump to next-gen hardware. Due to the open-world element of the game’s campaign, single-player will still be clocking in at 60 FPS, but will still display at 4K.
The next game on the list is Exomecha. Again, this shooter is set to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X’s potential with beautiful 120 FPS gunplay.
This free-to-play multiplayer title has two modes to choose from. Its 4K, high-fidelity mode will look absolutely stunning on the Xbox, but won’t have the smoothness of the 120 FPS mode.
Players can freely choose between better visuals or better frame-rate, with both containing some high-octane gameplay.
Shooters aren’t the only genre to truly benefit from 120 FPS. Racing games can now feel smoother than ever, and they were already feeling pretty good on Xbox One.
With speed being more easily displayed, and controls getting more responsive, Dirt 5 is set to be an incredible experience. Technical Director David Springate confirmed that the game would support high frame rates, simply because the hardware finally allowed for it.
Orphan of the Machine
Even smaller names can take advantage of the next-gen hardware. Orphan of the Machine is a spiritual successor to Ecco the Dolphin.
Confirmed to reach 120 FPS at 4K, this side-scrolling Metroidvania has players exploring the beautiful underwater world as they rid the ocean of evil robotic enemies.
Second Extinction is a three-player PVE experience, about slaughtering dinosaurs. In this upcoming next-gen title, dinosaurs are back, mutated, and out for blood.
This is one of the first times in gaming where players will go head to head with dinosaurs at 120 FPS. It’s definitely not one you’ll want to miss.
Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm shooter where players must kill demonic enemies by shooting to the beat of metal music. The game looks like DOOM, feels like DOOM, and sounds incredibly metal. Kind of like DOOM.
The gameplay feels smoother than ever at 120 FPS, so it’s sure to help players keep the beat. What’s more, the music will ramp up and more damage will be dealt as players hit shots to the rhythm of the songs.
It’s not only new titles that are getting the 120 FPS treatment, however. Gears 5 will be fully optimized for Xbox Series X and S, boasting better visuals and of course higher FPS.
Like with Halo, Gears 5’s multiplayer will see a boost as players get their hands on the new hardware. Developers The Coalition are helping Gears 5 become a truly next-gen experience.
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege might be a 5-year-old game at this point, but it’s far from irrelevant. With millions of players logging in every day, many will take advantage of Xbox’s next-gen line-up.
The multiplayer shooter will be getting a free update for Xbox Series X and S players. The game will support both 4K resolutions and 120 FPS, giving console users a serious upgrade.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Last but not least is Ori and Will of the Wisps. This latest game in the Ori series is already one of the most jaw-dropping titles to land on the Xbox One.
Now, we’ll see Ori and the Will of the Wisps like never before. Optimized for the new consoles, Ori is making the jump to 4K visuals at 120 FPS.
Those who already own the game will enjoy a free upgrade through Xbox’s Smart Delivery. And for those who are yet to get their hands on it, Ori is already available on Xbox Game Pass.
There are sure to be other games releasing with 120 FPS confirmed in the future. For now, though, we’d say that this list is more than enough to get excited.