If you want to play Subnautica the way it was intended to be played then you need to get an Xbox Series X|S! The new Xbox allows the dream of Subnautica 60 FPS Xbox is a Reality a reality!
Update (May 13th – 2021): They did it! Unknownworlds them bastards did update Subnautica with an Optimized for Xbox Series X|S update getting us to run the gam at 60 FPS without having to do what I talked about in this article, but only for the new consoles.
For the older Xbox One S and Xbox One X versions of Subnautica you will still need to pull of the V-sync mod change that I talked about in this article, but for the new Xbox Series X|S you won’t need to and instead you get to choose between 60 FPS with 1440p or 4K resolution at 30 FPS on the Xbox Series X. On the Xbox Series S you get to choose between 60 FPS at 1080p or 1440p at 30 FPS.
I’m currently working on analyzing for Subnautica Below Zero, but as soon as I get some free time I will hop on this a bit more and get you a video for it which will be in here or you can check out my social medias under RichieRichLabs for the latest updates.
This game is one of my favorite games of all time the pacing, story, world, graphics, sound, gameplay, setting, everything feels amazing to me! It is a survival single player game, just in case you’re not familiar with it, that takes place in an aquatic world.
The game is available as of the writing of this article for free on Xbox Game Pass! If you would like to know more about how to get free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate check out this video on the Microsoft Rewards Program:
The Xbox One S used to play the game just like the Xbox One X in a horrible laggy, stutter galore for a while. It did get updated and now it is a much more stable experience, but it still drops a little below 30FPS in some circumstances, but not enough to ruin the experience yet there is a lot of popping with items and objects when visiting a place for the first time and don’t be expecting those consoles to deliver on the Subnautica 60 FPS Xbox is a Reality promise.
The new Xbox Series X|S removes all that even though it still is playing the backwards compatibility version of the Xbox One version of Subnautica henceforth it will have some popping happening but nothing gameplay wise like trees or some objects or creatures like it does over on the Xbox One S.
The game still plays by default at 30FPS, but you can disable V-Sync and that will unlock the frame rate for you. I highly recommend that unless you have a VRR or FreeSync enabled TV or Monitor you don’t disable it on the Xbox One S, but on the Xbox Series X|S even if you have it or not which if you have it it will make a nicer experience with less input lag, but not enough that it is a must have since the Xbox Series X|S is capable of maintaining a sharp 60 FPS once VSync is turned off.
Check out the pinned comment in the YouTube video above for the instructions on how to enable the console commands so you can disable the necessary features. It’s as easy as LB+RB+A then input “vsync 0” and off you go. Do remember that you do need to enable this or disable perceive the feature every time you put up the game from scratch.
I do hope that the developers will eventually allow us to have that disabled by default or at least a menu item, but they are busy working on the sequel so I wouldn’t expect it and I wouldn’t expect an optimized for Xbox series X or Xbox Series S update ever, hopefully they will invest in making Subnautica Below Zero optimized for the Xbox Series X|S.
I still think you will enjoy and find your self enjoying this game a lot specially with the next generation consoles since they have made the dream of Subnautica 60 FPS Xbox is a Reality a reality. On a side note the new Subnautica Below Zero is set to release in May 15th 2021 so I’m super excited and you can beat your sweet fish that I will be testing that one and making an article plus YouTube video so stay put.
How To Disable V-Sync on Subnautica?
It’s as easy as LB+RB+A then input “vsync 0”
How To Play Subnautica at 60 FPS Xbox?
You need to disable V-Sync and your console needs to be an Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X since the Xbox One Consoles cannot perform that good.