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Assassin's Creed: Valhalla may not run at 60FPS on Xbox Series X?

Published: 18:33, 08 May 2020
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla screenshot showing a warrior with a banner looking at distant castle
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Enjoying the view

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will certainly be a proper next-gen eye candy but whether you'll get to enjoy its beauty in buttery smooth 60FPS or you'll have to set for frustrating 30FPS has not been revealed clearly.

Games from Assassin's Creed franchise, especially the last two - Origins and Odyssey - were always pretty demanding even for the most powerful PCs. Only Nvidia's flagship card RTX 2080Ti is powerful enough to run the game at steady 60FPS at 4K resolution (Ultra settings) while the framerate on consoles, both Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro is locked to 30 FPS with dips into 25FPS territory.

Many players that plan to upgrade to next-gen consoles probably hope that their frustration with low FPS in Assassin's Creed games will be gone once they switch to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. The upcoming game, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, could be the first title to offer stable 60FPS on new hardware but this is yet to be confirmed.

Some players even fear that the game will be locked to 30FPS, just like its predecessors. The reason for this feat lies in the promotional pages over at the official Xbox website. As you can see in The Ascent screenshot below, this isometric shooter will run in native 4K resolution and more importantly, runs at 60 FPS.

AltChar screenshot showing the Ascent page showing 60FPS support The Ascent page showing 60FPS support

Now, in the same page section for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the 60FPS "badge" is missing. The page only shows 4K resolution along with the Smart Delivery icon.

AltChar screenshot showing Assassin's Creed: Valhalla page on Xbox site Assassin's Creed: Valhalla page on Xbox site

Whether this means that Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will not run at 60FPS or not is not clear at the moment. Ubisoft are yet to confirm these details and we will probably have to wait until June/July 2020 for the gameplay demo, which will, hopefully, shed more light on the game's performance on next-generation consoles.

Earlier this week, Xbox's Aaron Greenberg confirmed that 60FPS will be the standard output for Xbox Series X games but the console supports up to 120FPS, allowing developers to push for those high framerates in their games. 

This does sound encouraging for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla but we suggest you wait for that gameplay demo and see it for yourself.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla by Ubisoft Montreal

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Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Eivor

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