Xbox Series S owners aren’t happy with their port of Sonic Frontiers, as the new game, which pitches Sega’s mascot into an open-world-ish environment, only runs at 30 FPS on Microsoft’s weaker Xbox console, according to various complaints from users on social media who have noted the disappointing level of performance, particularly for a franchise that’s mainly about speeding. Sega has since shared a supposed workaround for the problem, telling players with 4K displays to switch to 1080p instead, but this reportedly has no effect. A performance mode that should allow Sonic Frontiers to run at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S is being looked into, according to Sonic community manager Katie Chrzanowski.
@KatieChrz @sonic_hedgehog The Xbox Series S version of #SonicFrontiers is broken and stuck on 30fps instead of 60fps like Microsoft/Sega said.— Samir (@whyamihere_2) November 8, 2022
You can’t change Performance/Graphics mode here too! pic.twitter.com/G5TFsXGyVa
From a report by The Gamer:
TheGamer reached out to Sega for comment regarding Sonic Frontiers’ performance issues on Series S, and it explained that players can go into their console’s settings to improve the game’s quality. If your TV allows a 4K UHD display, then this may be the reason Sonic Frontier’s is running at 30fps. All you need to do is go into your settings and find the TV & Display Options, find the 1080p option and switch it on. Sega states that doing this should allow Sonic Frontiers to hit 60fps on Series S consoles.
A description for Sonic Frontiers, available for $59.99:
Worlds are colliding in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest high-speed adventure! In search of the missing Chaos emeralds, Sonic becomes stranded on an ancient island teeming with unusual creatures. Battle hordes of powerful enemies as you explore a breathtaking world of action, adventure, and mystery. Accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high-velocity, open-zone platforming freedom as you race across the five massive Starfall Islands. Jump into adventure, wield the power of the Ancients, and fight to stop these new mysterious foes. Welcome to the evolution of Sonic games!