The original Subnautica came out on the Xbox One consoles and it was a pain to play when it came to performance, but not Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance. This game even though not perfect it is a far cry from the original’s initial launch state and I’m glad!
The original did get an Optimized for Xbox Series X|S Update which I invite you to check out by the way. It is not as polished as this one, but it helps a great game feel and play more as it was intended to.
Now let us talk about Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance on the current gen consoles and older ones such as the Xbox One X and Xbox One S. As a disclaimer remember that this developer is not a big developer like the ones that EA and Square Enix and others have. These guys are fairly small and honestly deserve some slack here and there for what they are creating is not an easy thing and they aren’t charging full $60 for it.
Starting things off is the Xbox Series X with its two modes:
Quality Mode: It brings a nice 4K resolution with 30 Fps as the target frames per second. I personally believe this mode is good, but the High Frame Rate Mode offers a resolution that is more than enough to look sharp.
High Frame Rate: It brings a nice 1440p resolution with 60 fps as the target frame rate, but it fails to keep it during heavy scenes and lots of buildings around the player. Yet Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance with VRR (variable refresh rate) it feels just as smooth. No worries though if you do not have a Variable Refresh Rate television of monitor.
On the other end we have the Xbox Series S which brings us to the table the same two modes as the Xbox Series X so let us see where it fits exactly with Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance question:
Quality Mode: It aims to bring us 1440p at 30 Fps as the frame rate target and it works pretty good at it specially with a VRR tv or monitor, but not needed whatsoever. The graphics don’t change drastically either so you are not gaining much other than shadows and a bit of lighting plus the higher resolution.
High Frame Rate: This mode aims for around 1080p at 60 FPS and it does a decent job at it, probably, better so than the Xbox Series X in High Frame Rate Mode. I personally think that if you are playing far away from your TV then this mode is a bit too blurry. The Quality mode seems better suited for that.
That is the answer to Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance on the current gen consoles. I personally would stick to High Frame Rate mode at all times, but I want to know what you will be choosing so let me know in the socials for RichieRichLabs or SLA on Twitter.
Now let’s talk about the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S. Don’t worry this is not like the original Subnautica. You are actually going to get a really nice starting point for the reality of how old these consoles are specially their CPU.
To start things off we have the Xbox One X which is delivering us a pretty good version of Subnautica Below Zero. I personally believe that besides Fps and loading times this version of the game is top notch and there are no more than 1 mode unlike the Xbox Series X|S
The Xbox One X delivers what seems to be 1800p or 4K resolution at 30 FPS and it does seem to stick to that target frame rate more often than not, but for sure it is bringing a much better performance than the Xbox One S which is lacking a bit, but I’m not surprised since it is the weakest of all consoles in recent gaming.
The Xbox One S delivers us a resolution of about 900p maybe 1080p, but I doubt it cause it does look quite blurry and at the target frame rate of 30 FPS with no extra modes like the Xbox Series X|S. I personally played this version of the game for about an hour and noticed that it does stutter often, but it is not game breaking at least at the level of my gameplay which isn’t too far into the game.
The verdict is that if you want to play this game you are getting a better of the bat experience than you would have had with the original Subnautica when it first came out and actually a long time after it came out, but no worries it has been straightened out quite a bit with updates.
I hope that answers you the question on Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X|S Performance levels for all the Xbox family of consoles.
Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series X Frame Rate (FPS)
You are getting 30 FPS – 4K or 60 FPS – 1440p on the Xbox Series X depending on if you select Quality mode or High Frame Rate mode respectively.
Subnautica Below Zero Xbox Series S Frame Rate (FPS)
You are getting 30 FPS – 1440p or 60 FPS – 1080p on the Xbox Series S depending on if you select Quality mode or High Frame Rate mode respectively.
Subnautica Below Zero Xbox One X Frame Rate (FPS)
You are getting 30 FPS – 1800p maybe 4K on the Xbox One X
Subnautica Below Zero Xbox One S Frame Rate (FPS)
You are getting 30 FPS – 900p on the Xbox One S. It does drop below that target, but it is playable.