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PS5 Cannot Currently Run PS4 Games At 120 FPS – Here’s Why

While the PS5 is more than capable of running PS4 games at 120 FPS, it seems that right now Sony’s new console won’t be offering such a silky-smooth performance. We now have an idea of why that is, and it seems the ball is firmly in Sony’s court.

PS4 Games Will Not Run At 120 FPS On PS5

Folk were starting to wonder why this was the case after the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War and Rocket League were updated to run at 120 FPS for Xbox Series X, but not PS5. The developer behind the latter, Psyonix, has now told Eurogamer that adding support for this frame rate on Sony’s console “requires a full native port,” while on Xbox Series X it’s a “minor patch.”

Our team’s main focus this year was our recent free to play transition and updating major features like our Tournaments system.

Due to this we had to make tough decisions on what else we could achieve. Enabling 120hz on Xbox Series X|S is a minor patch, but enabling it on PS5 requires a full native port due to how backwards compatibility is implemented on the console, and unfortunately wasn’t possible due to our focus elsewhere.

Elsewhere, Richard Leadbetter of DigitalFoundry also chipped in, adding:

Right now, Sony limits 120Hz support to games specifically designed for PS5, meaning that ‘enhanced’ PS4 games like Rocket League and Warzone can’t tap into the feature.

Theoretically it should be possible for Sony to adjust this (PSVR games can run at 1080p resolution at up to 120Hz) but it will require a fair degree of work – and I guess the question is whether engineering resources focused on PS5 could be redirected to PS4 instead. It really does seem like the ball is in Sony’s court on this one.

The PS5 launched in the US and Japan last week and arrived in the UK and most other parts of the globe yesterday.

[Source – Eurogamer]