Xbox Game Pass Improves PC Ports For The Evil Within, Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata

Even two years after debuting on PC, Xbox Game Pass has again opened the floodgates with an avalanche of new content over the last week. Along with 20 newly-acquired Bethesda games as well as the awaited arrival of EA Play to the subscription service, it appears a number of PC games are also featuring a few extra enhancements exclusive to the platform, as recently discovered with the additions of The Evil Within and Nier: Automata.

Players discovered the featureful ports over the last few days as the latest games arrived on Xbox Game Pass for PC, with special notice going towards The Evil Within. As recounted by speedrunner Jigzaw_Killer, the new version of the Bethesda-published title now includes a wealth of added options that weren’t around for the original Steam release. Referred to as a “stealth remaster,” the streamer lauded the port’s new first-person mode, infinite ammo mode, increased stamina, as well as smoother overall performance.

While improving a Bethesda game isn’t entirely surprising given the developer’s status under the Microsoft umbrella, it appears this is only the start as Xbox Game Pass holds yet another improved PC port in the form of Nier: Automata. In a recent Facebook post, developer QLOC revealed they were behind the release as it went live for the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass on the same date. Citing a “special request” from PlatinumGames, the port includes added enhancements such as support for FidelityFX, HDR as well as 4K UI textures and a borderless video setting.

Considering Microsoft isn’t exactly shy about highlighting enhancements for titles, especially they’re for Xbox Game Pass, it’s unknown why the company has left these features for fans to find themselves. Regardless, the decision has surely gone over well with the community and has further emphasized Xbox’s plan to make Game Pass “the best place to play games.” While probable these semi-remasters were only a pair of timely outliers, it’s at least possible Xbox might have more of these enhanced versions planned for the future.

What do you think? Are you happy to see the likes of The Evil Within and Nier: Automata get these optimizations, or are you just bummed that Steam hasn’t gotten with the program yet? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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