The next generation of Xbox hardware is coming out soon, and Obsidian will be ready for it. The developer confirmed today that its shrunken survival game Grounded will receive a number of improvements for next-gen Xbox hardware.
In a group interview, Obsidian confirmed Grounded will be "next-gen ready," with a number of optimizations coming to the game right at the launch of next-gen consoles. Previously detailed in an Xbox Wire post, it will have full 4K support on the Xbox Series X, as well as a target 60 frames per second. Grounded is also due for a number of other visual bumps, including improved loading times and HDR support.
Grounded will also be a part of the Smart Delivery program, so players of the game on Xbox One can move up to the Xbox Series X or S for no additional cost (it's also part of Xbox Game Pass). This might create questions of console parity, if Grounded is expected to develop on Xbox One, PC, and the new series of Xbox consoles. Game Director Adam Brennecke says that while Obsidian is definitely looking at how it can push things with higher graphics settings, the studio also has a solution for maintaining all the builds.
"One awesome thing is that we're able to target every single hardware profile and do optimizations per Xbox One S, One X, Series X, Series S, and PC," Brennecke says. "So I think that gives a lot of really good custom settings for each platform, to get the best experience possible."
Grounded's Xbox Series X and S optimizations should be ready to go right at launch for both of Microsoft's consoles. It's one of several Xbox Game Studios titles due for next-gen upgrades, alongside recent additions to the family like Bethesda's Doom Eternal. The Koi Pond update is also set to arrive sometime in November, taking the survival and exploration of Grounded down underwater into a surprisingly lethal lake.
Today, Xbox showcased what the user experience of the next-gen Xbox consoles will be like. Today at least, we know Grounded will be ready and optimized for that ecosystem. Xbox Series X and Series S launch on Nov. 10, 2020.