So, you’ve just purchased a new Xbox Series X and S and are wondering how to get 120 FPS (frames per second) to get the most out of your gaming experience? On the Xbox, there are a number of games that support 120 frames per second. There are a few settings you’ll need to adjust to get started with those.
What Is 120 Hz Mode?
The majority of displays update at 60 Hz, which means that the screen is refreshed 60 times per second.
This is why frame rates on last-generation consoles were frequently limited to 60 frames per second. A display that supports 60 Hz, on the other hand, can only show 60 frames per second.
Because Microsoft’s latest consoles are so powerful, they can render games at a much higher frame rate than the Xbox One X. This includes the Xbox Series S, which is both less powerful and less expensive than the larger Series X.
Modern displays can now support up to 120 Hz at full 4K resolution thanks to HDMI 2.1. At lower resolutions, such as 1440p, some games support 120 Hz. Your display must support up to 120 Hz for this to work, regardless of which console you have or what resolution you use.
Fortunately, both the Series X and S come with a useful display calibration tool that tells you exactly what your TV can do. Your console will stay locked at 120 Hz once it’s set up correctly, and you’ll be able to play games with higher frame rates if they’re supported.
How to Get 120 FPS On Xbox Series X and S?
You can connect your Xbox Series X|S to a TV with an HDMI 2.1 port to start playing games at 4K 120 FPS. But hold on a second – first, make sure the 120 Hz setting is turned on, which you can do here.
This feature will be enabled by default in many games that support FPS boost or auto HDR. However, if you need to manually enable a game, continue reading to learn how to do so.
Press the Xbox button on your controller while the console is turned on, and then use the bumper buttons (LB and RB) to navigate to the “Profile & System” tab. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu, then “TV & Display Options” from the “General” menu.
Select “4K TV Details” from the menu that appears to see a list of modes that your TV supports. Ticks next to descriptions of 120 Hz modes, such as “4K UHD (120 Hz)” or “Native 4K at 120 FPS,” are what you’re looking for (on Series X, at least.)
You can now enable 120 Hz if your Xbox says your TV supports the higher refresh rate. Select “Refresh Rate” from the drop-down menu after exiting the “4K TV Details” menu.
Wait for your display to refresh after selecting “120 Hz.” Everything worked as far as the Xbox user interface is concerned.
If your TV instead displays a black screen, it isn’t supported. It will default to 60 Hz if you wait a second.
You might also want to enable 10-bit color while you’re in this menu. Open the “Color Depth” drop-down menu after selecting “Video Fidelity & Overscan.” Wait after selecting “30 Bits per Pixel (10-Bit).”
If the Xbox user interface appears on your TV, this worked, and you can now exit the menu. Wait for the Xbox to revert to 8-bit colour if you get a black screen.
Games that Support 120 Frames Per Second
Simply selecting 120 Hz mode in the Xbox settings is insufficient to reap the benefits in-game. To do so, you’ll need to play a game with a frame rate of up to 120 frames per second.
Many games now allow you to choose between quality and performance, so you may need to enable the 120 FPS “Performance” or “High Frame Rate” option in the game’s settings.
The following AAA games support frame rates of up to 120 frames per second:
- Destiny 2
- Gears 5 (multiplayer only)
- Dirt 5
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- The Touryst
- The Falconeer
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Rainbow Six Siege
The “TV & Display Options” menu in the Xbox settings allows you to switch between 120 and 60 Hz modes at any time.
After that, you can compare and contrast the two modes to see if the extra frames make a significant difference. Although a game running at 120 Hz should feel smoother and more responsive, some users don’t notice a significant difference.
The difference isn’t as noticeable as it is when switching from 30 to 60 frames per second. Most gamers, on the other hand, will be relieved to see higher frame rates become the norm, as well as other next-gen features such as powerful CPUs, unrivalled graphical power, and lightning-fast SSDs.
Well, that’s all we have here about how you can get 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and S. We hope this guide helped you.
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