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Xbox seems to be very keen to give players a wonderful experience when they play older titles on Xbox Series X/S. Maybe it is trying to fill the void caused by the lack of a new game to offer, especially Halo Infinite. Since 343 Industries postponed the game in late 2020, there has been minimal news about the title.

In a Xbox Wire post earlier this month, Microsoft had announced the FPS Boost feature. This feature will increase the frame rate of several yesteryear titles with no additional work from the developers.

Living room with a Microsoft Xbox Series S home video game console alongside a television and soundbar, taken on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

“The backward compatibility team has developed FPS Boost, which employs a variety of new methods for nearly doubling (and in a few instances, quadrupling) the original framerate on select titles.”

During a Kinda Funny Games podcast, Jason Ronald, Xbox Director of Program Management, spoke about this feature live. While the first five titles to receive this honor are all Xbox One titles, 360 and older titles are not out of question.

“Right now, we’re focused primarily on Xbox One generation titles because we’ve seen the best results there. We’re still evaluating, can we bring this technology back to Xbox 360 games or original Xbox games?”

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How feasible is the FPS Boost for all Xbox titles?

The technology is still young and Microsoft does not know the extent of it yet. Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2 are the only titles which are working perfectly fine with this new tech.

Since it does not require the devs to intervene with the game, there are chances it will not work with all titles. Ronald spoke about this issue in the podcast.

“The techniques that we’ve come up with will not work on every title. We’ve actually gotten some games working, and honestly I’m playing the game, it’s super awesome, it’s buttery smooth, but then all of a sudden we realize, oh, this character over in the corner is animating twice as fast. Or, maybe three quarters of the way through a game, all of a sudden we find a physics-breaking bug because the system’s running the game so fast, that the game doesn’t actually know how to handle that.”

However, players who want to experience more yesteryear games might get a chance soon. Here’s hoping the backwards compatibility team at Microsoft will figure out a way to help players indulge in more nostalgia.

Watch the podcast below.

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East Bay Entrepreneurs Eager for Red Tier Easing to Boost Business

OAKLAND (KPIX) — Many businesses in the East Bay are preparing to operate indoors as early as Wednesday. Alameda and Solano County health officials believe that, if their current COVID case numbers continue to trend down, the governor on Tuesday will move them into the red tier.

“We’re finally going to get back to some normalcy,” said Kyle Conner, who owns the Alameda Theatre and the Cinema Grill restaurant next door. “The restaurant, we’re now probably got about 25 percent, maybe 30 percent of our staff back in place. We’ll probably get it up to close to 50 percent once we get indoor dining opened.”

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He said it’s easy to reopen indoor dining from a logistical standpoint but it’s a lot more complicated for a theater. Even if the governor allows indoor theaters to reopen starting on Wednesday, it’ll still take Conner a few more weeks to open up.

“Got to gear up all the staffing,” he explained. “The second part of it is there’s got to be movies to play and, right now, there’s not a lot of movies to play.”

Since last summer, Conner has been operating a drive-in theater at the old naval base. It’s sold out almost every weekend. He planned to keep operating the drive-in and open Alameda Theatre around late March or early April.

“The sad thing is I think for the first four to six months, we’ll probably lose more money with the theater being opened than we’re losing being closed because we’ll be limited to 25 percent capacity,” Conner said.

Many people said they couldn’t wait to eat inside.

“I’m vaccinated myself so I feel safe personally,” said Patricio Chavez, an Alameda resident.

Others are still worried about their safety.

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“Once everybody has their mask off and we’re in an enclosed space, I’m not ready yet. More people will need to be vaccinated before that’s OK with me,” said Alameda resident Claire Bonde.

“I’m not ready to put myself at risk at this point,” added Toni Bonde.

Aside from restaurants and movie theaters, Terrell Elliott, who owns Body Mechanix, an Oakland gymnasium, said it has been tough mentally and financially not being able to use his facility. His gym’s few remaining members work out in a small, outdoor patio.

“We pretty much lost probably 80 percent of our clientele,” said Elliott.

If Alameda and Solano Counties shift to the red tier this week, Elliott would be able to reopen his gym at 10 percent capacity. Restaurants and theaters would be allowed indoors with 25 percent capacity.

“A few months ago, I was sort of stressed out but I’m more optimistic right now. I believe that we’re going to do well and I’m excited, I’m ready to get my family back in here, my members,” Elliott said.

Elliott said it may take years for him to bring his membership back to the pre-pandemic level but he’s ready for the heavy lifting.

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“We have faith that things will clear up and we’ll get back to where we were before,” said Elliott.

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