Destiny 2 will run at 30 frames per second on the Xbox One X. Microsoft unveiled its high-powered console at E3 2017, touting it as the most powerful games console the world has ever seen.
During Geoff Keighley’s E3 2017 livestream, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith confirmed that the game will only run at 30 FPS on the upcoming Microsoft console. The confirmation comes just weeks after developer Bungie confirmed that Sony’s own improved games console, the PS4 Pro, isn’t powerful enough to run Destiny 2 at 60 FPS.
The comments about the PS4 Pro prompted Microsoft to take a dig at Sony, seemingly accusing its competitor of forcing the Destiny 2 developer to limit the amount of frames per second its game offers. The suggestion seemed to be that Sony wants developers to offer the same frame rate on both its PS4 Pro and the standard version and so the PS4 is somehow held back as a result. Some also interpreted the comments from the Microsoft executive to mean that Destiny 2 would look better on Xbox One X and would offer a higher frame rate.
Destiny 2 is 30 fps on Xbox One X too says @thislukesmith on the show.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) June 13, 2017
Following Smith’s comments, some are now asking why the Xbox One X version does not offer a higher frame rate. As Destiny 2 has PS4-exclusive DLC and a marketing partnership with Sony, some are again suggesting that the PlayStation platform-holder is forcing Bungie to downgrade its game on a rival console. There are also questions about the Xbox One X’s real power. While it does offer plenty of teraflops and holds the title of being the most powerful console ever, could it be that even the Xbox One X isn’t powerful enough to run Destiny 2 at 60 FPS either?
It seems to be a minority of fans who are still concerned, though. While frame rates are still important, many fans are just glad to see what improvements Bungie has made in terms of gameplay features, rather than just graphical improvements. Destiny 2 will introduce new worlds and planets, for example, along with a brand new enemy in the terrifying and menacing Ghaul. Bungie has also promised a better multiplayer experience, tweaks to classes and characters and many more features that build upon what the first game in the franchise delivered. Since some are so unhappy about frame rates, Bungie will be counting on these leaps in gameplay to sell the game on consoles, even in the absence of 60 FPS graphics.
Destiny 2 has September 6 release date on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and launches October 24 on PC.