Xbox Series X doubles PS5’s FPS in Mass Effect Legendary Edition’s performance mode
BioWare has unveiled Mass Effect Legendary Edition‘s console performance benchmarks, and one console is a clear winner.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition will have two different graphical options for every platform: Quality and Performance. If it wasn’t obvious, Quality prioritizes graphical fidelity and Performance prioritizes frame rate. The latter is where Xbox Series X has an advantage over the PlayStation 5.
Where the Xbox Series X boasts 1440p at 120 frames per second (FPS) in Performance mode, the PlayStation 5 only hits 1440p at 60 FPS. Both boast 4K at 60 FPS in Quality mode.
PS5 players might be wondering why they would even bother with Performance mode if Quality mode gives them the same frame rate. While Quality mode can hit 60 FPS, that doesn’t mean it will run at 60 FPS consistently. Performance mode, meanwhile, should have a more consistent higher frame rate.
The discrepancy here probably has something to do with how BioWare is releasing the remaster. Since the Legendary Edition is releasing as an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game, next-gen consoles will be running it as a backwards compatible title. Xbox has done a lot of work to ensure that it’s easy for backwards compatible titles to hit higher resolutions and frame rates on Series X without the developer having to put in too much extra effort. Sony, meanwhile, has made it more challenging, which is probably why Legendary Edition won’t be hitting 120 FPS.
The Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox Series S are targeting the same benchmarks: 4K (most likely upscaled at not native) at 30 FPS in Quality mode, and 1440p at 60 FPS in Performance mode. Meanwhile, the base PS4 and Xbox One consoles are going for 1080p at 30 FPS in Quality and 1080p at 60 FPS in Performance, which means Performance mode will probably use an upscaled version of 1080p.
BioWare also noted that these resolution and frame rate benchmarks are all targets, not guarantees. A note states that the “more powerful the hardware, the more consistently you will experience the specified target framerate and resolution.”
Regardless of what console you’re playing on, Mass Effect Legendary Edition does boast some clear upgrades over the original trilogy. BioWare previously released a video detailing exactly what aspects of the older games it was targeting for a digital facelift, including improved lighting and textures across the board.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is launching for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 14th.