Today I purchased a Moto X Play however after using it I've become more and more displeased and upset with the frame rate on the display. Things that were perfectly fine on my Moto E 2015 are atrociously slow. Have any other owners experienced something similar?
Have you tried a factory reset? I've watched a few review videos and haven't noticed any frame rate issues, though in comparison videos alongside other flagship devices, I did notice some lag. I'll be getting the Moto X Play shortly, I'll report back if I see anything out of the ordinary.
Yes it's safe to do. Navigate to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory data reset. Please note that you will lose all locally stored contacts, pictures, music, files, and documents. Backup anything important first and/or sync your contacts to Gmail so they can be restored afterward.