A Microsoft representative has clarified why Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) "standard output" is not 60 frames-per-second.
Following up with a Tweet (opens in new tab) in which he stated that 60 frames-per-second will be the "standard output" on Xbox Series X, Xbox Games Marketing head Aaron Greenberg explained that this threshold is not a mandate for developers working with the hardware, so we shouldn't expect all games to necessarily meet it.
Developers always have flexibility in how they use the power, so a standard or common 60fps is not a mandate.May 12, 2020
In a statement made to The Verge (opens in new tab), Microsoft also said that 60 frames per second is not the "standard output" for Xbox Series X, since "it is up to individual developers to determine how they leverage the power and speed of Xbox Series X.” We've also reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this story if we hear back from them.
In better news, the Xbox Series X can support up to 120 frames per second, should a developer so decide that its game demands that super fast frame rate. Like Greenberg says, it's ultimately up to the studios, and not Microsoft, where the average framerate will lie on Xbox Series X.
If all this sounds confusing, just know that Microsoft plans to keep us all entertained with a splurge of next-gen news every month, as part of its newly revealed Xbox 20/20 (opens in new tab) campaign. If we're lucky, we'll soon get to see the likes of Halo Infinite (opens in new tab), Watch Dogs Legion (opens in new tab), and more running on the box, allaying any concerns about framerate performance for the future of video games.