Sea of Thieves Now Supports 120 FPS on Xbox Series X

Sea of Thieves Now Supports 120 FPS on Xbox Series X
by William D'Angelo , posted 1 day ago / 766 Views

Developer Rare has released the Season One update for Sea of Thieves that adds in a seasonal progression system that lets you earn renown and unlock up to 100 rewards. 

Along with a variety of new content in the game for players, Sea of Thieves now supports 120 frames per second on the Xbox Series X, which will lower the resolution to 1080p. The patch notes do warn that some TVs do not support 120 fps and HDR at the same time, so you might need to disable HDR from the console settings. 

The Season One update also fixes a number of issues with the game. This includes improvements to gameplay, the Pirate Emporium, Mysterious Notes, Tall Tales, the environment, and more. 

Sea of Thieves Now Supports 120 FPS on Xbox Series X

Read the Season One patch notes below:


We’re making it easier than ever to get rewarded for charting your own course and living the pirate life. Dig in below to find out how to earn Renown and make swift, clear progress over the three months that make up Season One – and what you can expect for your efforts!


Seasonal Progression

  • At the heart of Seasons is a new progression system, awarding Renown for all kinds of activities and accomplishments. This provides more freedom for you to enjoy the game your way, and earn Renown every time you play.

  • Go out and live the pirate life to earn Renown through activities such as sailing, exploring islands, fishing and cooking, discovering secrets and carrying treasure aboard your ship.

  • The more noteworthy the action, the greater the Renown: try vanquishing threats on land and sea, taking on Voyages offered by the Trading Companies and embarking on Tall Tales.

  • Seasonal progress is tracked in the new Pirate Log menu. This is the new home for Company reputation and Events tabs.

Season One Rewards

  • 100 levels of progression bring 100 rewards! Navigate to the Pirate Log to see new cosmetics, unique Titles, gold, Doubloons and even Ancient Coins – all ready to be earned in Season One.

  • Coin stashes aside, progressing through the Season will reward pirates with the cool Frostbite Clothing Set, unique Season specials along with time-limited Shroudbreaker Season One collectibles. Pirate Legends can earn new hair and beard styles along with the Mysterious Curse befitting a legendary pirate.

  • Completing each tier awards a unique Title that shows your progress for all to see!

Season One Trials

  • Players looking to accelerate their progress through a Season should take on the Trials – themed sets of tasks known as Deeds that will test your adventuring, exploring and battling capabilities, hastening you towards those higher-level rewards.

  • For crews sailing the Sea of Thieves for the first time, these Trials can provide some direction for your gaming sessions and present numerous opportunities to see what the world has to offer.

Plunder Pass

  • For pirates ready to conquer the Season and claim every reward, Season One’s Plunder Pass will make success taste even sweeter! Purchasable through the Pirate Log, Pirate Emporium, Microsoft Store or Steam Item Store, it unlocks access to an extra range of premium rewards as you progress through the levels of Season One.

  • Making their debut for Plunder Pass owners to unlock are the Dark Warsmith Blunderbuss, Eye of Reach, Pistol and Cutlass, along with the grand Silver Skull Sails. These items will be available at a later date through the Pirate Emporium.

  • The Ruby Splashtail Monarch Costume and Fishing Rod, Crab Dab and Mysteriously Casual emotes, Bear & Bird Wheel and stunning Collector’s Night Wulf Figurehead are also obtainable through the Season One Plunder Pass – a much cheaper alternative to purchasing them separately!

Seasons Notifications

  • Players are now informed of their noteworthy actions across the Sea of Thieves, with entries added to the Pirate Log. Should you find this affects your immersion, Seasons notifications can be disabled from the Gameplay Settings menu.


Another permanent Voyage type comes to Sea of Thieves in Season One, providing a new way to build your reputation with the Merchant Alliance. They need pirates to recover lost Cargo Manifests and shed light on the fate of the crews, and they’re ready to pay well...


Lost Shipments Voyages

  • The Merchant Alliance have requested the help of seasoned sailors to locate missing shipments. Players at rank 25 or above with the Merchant Alliance can set out in search of these lost goods – or, for now, check in with Larinna at the tavern to receive a special Voyage regardless of Company rank.

  • Starting this Voyage grants the original trade route for the delivery which you must follow, uncovering clues along the way. A keen eye may observe seagulls on the horizon, floating debris or loot washed up on a nearby island.

  • As you narrow the search, you may encounter island residents with further clues to where the cargo vessel went down.

  • Upon locating the wreck site, dive deep to explore and uncover treasure while searching for the Cargo Manifest required by the Merchant Alliance. Crews who located the lost Captain’s Key at a previous clue site can also unlock the Captain’s cabin for a trove of rewards.

Lost Shipments Commendations

Lost Shipments Achievements

  • New Xbox and Steam achievements can be unlocked by progressing through the new in-game Commendations. A total of 50 gamerscore is available to earn from this update, and these achievements will remain in the game indefinitely.

Wreckless Pursuit [10G]

Get Wrecked [25G]

Many, Many Manifests [15G]


For those seeking something a little more focused than the intentionally wide-ranging Trials, each month of a Season will bring a new time-limited in-game Event offering its own rewards. See what's up first alongside some of your favourite recurring Events!


Champions of Souls

  • The Order of Souls have sensed something foul afoot and seek your support to learn more. Head to the in-game Events menu or the Events Hub on the website to learn more about Champions of Souls!

  • Defeating a range of skeletal threats will award players Soul Fragments, and reaching Soul Fragment point thresholds will unlock rewards: the Order of Souls Cutlass, Pistol, Blunderbuss and Eye of Reach, and the Champion of Souls Title.

  • Each week, certain undead enemy types will have their Soul Fragments value boosted, so check your Mysterious Notes to find out which foes to target first!

  • When the Event ends, these rewards will be obtainable from Outpost stores after completing certain Commendations.

Twitch Drops

  • Unlock even more cosmetics in Season One with Twitch Drops. Tune in to Partnered streamers to earn pieces of the new Gilded Phoenix set, along with new emotes. Find out how to link your accounts and more on our Twitch Drops page.

Fort Nights

  • Enjoying that Friday Fort action? These regular Fort Nights will persist through the month, so head to an active Skeleton Fort or brave the dreaded Fort of the Damned and storm the Vaults for boosted Stronghold rewards.

Outpost Cosmetics

Dark Adventurers Set

  • For Legends looking to flaunt their worth, the Dark Adventurers set has arrived. The Pirate Legend shop now offers the new Dark Adventurers weapons, equipment and instruments, available exclusively to those who have become Legend.

Silent Barnacle Set

  • The Outpost shipwrights, along with the clothing, equipment and weapon shops, now offer the Silent Barnacle set for purchase. Players must obtain the Hoarder of Barnacled Gold Commendation to unlock access to this set.

Bedraggled Castaway Bilge Rat Set

Legacy Event Cosmetics

  • Previous rewards from the 12 Deeds of Giving, Plundered Presents and Grogmanay Events have now been added to the Outpost shops.

  • The Eastern Winds equipment, Frostbite Cannons, Order of Souls Bucket, Gold Hoarders Spyglass, Tankard and Speaking Trumpet can now be found in their respective stores, locked behind Commendations.

Gameplay Improvements

Arena Communication

  • To create a more welcoming experience when joining The Arena, changes have been made to how crews can communicate in this mode – find out more in this developer Forum post.

  • In the Arena tavern and during active Arena gameplay, cross-crew voice chat and cross-crew text chat are now restricted, leaving non-verbal as the only cross-crew communication option.

  • Players can continue to communicate within their own crew using all available communication options.

Recommended Crew Size


120Hz Performance Mode

  • On the Xbox Series X console, a performance mode is available supporting 120Hz at 1080p. Some TVs do not support 120Hz and HDR simultaneously, so HDR may need to be disabled from the Console Settings.

Larinna’s Black Market

Fixed Issues


  • Reduced the frequency of players encountering an extended black screen or becoming stuck when using a mermaid or returning from the Ferry of the Damned.

  • Skeleton ships should now take hull damage when on fire.

  • When performing consecutive heavy cutlass strikes, the lunge animation should now show correctly when blocking between each strike.

  • Opening or closing a Collector’s Chest held by another player should now correctly show as opened or closed for the player holding it.

  • Items inside a Collector’s Chest should now only be retrievable when the chest is open.

  • Washed-up items should no longer appear to hover above ground when leaving the area and coming back.

  • The Frozen Horizon and Nightshine Parrot Wheels have been modified to make it more obvious when the ship is sailing straight.

  • The Sailor Cannon Flare now has the correct name and description.

Pirate Emporium

Mysterious Notes

  • Notes should now read correctly, even when shown to others.

  • Stowing a Mysterious Note and re-equipping it from the radial should result in it being wielded as expected.

Tall Tales

  • Vault Totems acquired during a Tall Tale can no longer be sold to representatives of the Gold Hoarders or Reaper’s Bones.

  • ‘Shores of Gold’ – While exploring the Shores of Gold, if another crew starts the Tall Tale the medallions should no longer appear in the air within the Vault.



  • During the Fort of the Damned encounter, a number of areas where Graymarrow could become stuck on the surrounding environment have been improved.

  • Players should no longer get stuck on a broken staircase after exiting the Gold Hoarder Throne Room.

  • Players should no longer be able to fall or see through the environment on Shark Bait Cove. 

  • Players should no longer get stuck and teleported when attempting to ascend the stairs in a tavern.

  • Players should no longer be able to swim under the map on Plunder Outpost.

Visual and Audio

  • Sound should no longer become distorted and increase in volume when a player surfaces from water or is briefly submerged by a wave.

  • During a Ghost Ship encounter, Captain Ghost Ships should now use portals to spawn and teleport.

  • The sails equipped on Skeleton and Ghost Ships now consistently appear in high quality.

  • The Castaway Bilge Rat Eyepatch icon has been updated.

  • The Confusion and Face, Meet Palm emotes should now have appropriate iconography.

  • Having multiple Riddle Quests for one island should no longer cause music to trigger multiple times.

  • Approaching a lit beacon with an unraised lit lantern should no longer show an empty tooltip.

  • Island banners should now have appropriate iconography in The Ancient Isles and The Shores of Plenty.

  • Buying items, Voyages and Titles should no longer cause a black grid to flash up on the screen.

Performance and Stability

  • When trying to join a crew that has disbanded, players should now receive an appropriate error message.

  • While Sea of Thieves is suspended, joining a game should no longer cause instability.

  • Further improvements made to server performance, reducing latency during gameplay.

  • Improvements made to server stability, reducing disconnections during gameplay.

Known Issues

Ranged and Melee Weapon Hit Detection

  • In areas of intense action, players may find themselves firing shots or landing strikes that do not cause damage to their targets. While improvements continue to be delivered during our content updates, this continues to be a key priority for the team.

Players Impacted Following Server Migration

  • We are currently tracking a number of player-impacting issues which can occur following a server migration. These include crews migrating near Outposts finding themselves moved to a location where another ship is already present, and issues with ship interaction points following a migration.

Stuck UI Menus

  • When interacting with a barrel and moving quickly through its inventory, players may find that the barrel’s state is not updated as items are removed. Players can also experience Game Options becoming stuck on screen when exiting a barrel in this state.

To learn more about known issues in Sea of Thieves currently being tracked and their status, head over to our Known Issues support site article.

Download and Installation

Download size:

Xbox Series X: 8.82 GB
Xbox Series S: 6.01 GB
Xbox One X: 8.82 GB
Xbox One: 6.01 GB
Windows 10: 8.56 GB
Steam: 6.65 GB

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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