Up until now, only PC gamers have had the luxury of playing at higher frame rates, but that is soon going to change with the next-gen consoles: both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are capable of running games at 120 FPS. Higher frame rates mean smoother gameplay and decreased input lag, both of which we will discuss here in detail while also looking at the trade-offs involved. Here is the list of PS5 games that will support 120 FPS.
However, only Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom is capable of running at 120 FPS in native 4K, while other games will work with lower resolutions to support 120 FPS.
Why is 120 FPS Gaming Better?
So far, console games have aimed to hit a maximum of 60 FPS, with most locking at 30 FPS. 60 frame rates per second means that the visual frame updates once every sixtieth of a second, or in other words, the animation can update its position 60 times in one second. If you double the frame rates per second, the rate at which the animation can move is also doubled, leading to shorter steps and more natural movement — at higher FPS, you get more visual information and smoother gameplay.
Besides, smoothness in animation, higher FPS also reduces ghosting (the blurriness that you see trailing behind moving objects) and tearing (visual information from multiple frames mixed in a single shot).
Finally, gaming at 120 FPS means reduced system latency (input lag) and hence a more responsive gaming experience. This becomes crucial in competitive multiplayer shooters and racing games where quick reactions make all the difference.
The Trade-offs of 120 FPS Console Gaming
Computing resources are not unlimited, so compromises are inevitable. Higher frame rates lead to smoother gaming experience but they also mean that the console will have fewer resources left for visual enhancement. This is why Sony’s first-party exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West are sticking to lower framerates to focus on greater visual detail through ray tracing, more populated environments, etc.
In order to play at 120 FPS, you will also need to make sure that your display’s refresh rate can keep up with the frame rate. 144 Hz monitors are widely available today, but only a few TVs have that kind of a refresh rate. So, if you are planning to play in your living room with your friends, you might consider buying a television that supports at least 120 Hz. You will also need to make sure that your display supports HDMI 2.1 or at least HDMI 2.0 in order to play at 120 FPS.
120 FPS On PS5: A Big Deal?
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will finally let console gamers go beyond 60 FPS and enjoy a smoother gaming experience. The PlayStation 5 is also backwards compatible, so it will most likely allow PS4 games to run at increased frame rates. We are excited to see how developers will use the amazing power of the next-gen consoles, and how they will balance performance with graphic quality.
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