How to Get 120FPS on PS5?

So you have just bought a shiny new PlayStation 5, but you just cant seem to get the 120FPS as promised by the console. So naturally, this would beg the question “how to get 120FPS on PS5?”

Well, basically, in order to get 120FPS with your PS5, you need to have the right devices as well as the right game and settings.

This includes having the right monitor, having the right cable, and a compatible game since not all PS5 games support gameplay at 120FPS.

In the following text, I will talk in detail about how how to get those juicy 120FPS on your PS5.

Which Modes Can You Run PS5 At?

The following information is useful for understanding the limits of PS5 as well as for understanding the specs you need to look out for in the display devices.

PS5 supports the following modes:

  • Full HD resolution at 60Hz (60 frames per second)
  • Full HD Resolution at 120Hz
  • 4K Resolution at 60Hz
  • 4K Resolution at 120Hz

It also support 720p resolution – but who plays at 720p these days.

The key point is that PS5 supports 120Hz (120FPS) mode on both FHD and 4K modes.

So How To Get 120FPS on PS5?

In order to get 120FPS on PS5, you need have the following:

  1. A Monitor or a TV that supports 120Hz Refresh Rate at Least
  2. An HDMI Cable that conforms to HDMI 2.1 specs
  3. A game that Supports 120FPS mode
  4. Selecting the Right Settings on PS5

1. A Monitor or TV That Supports 120Hz at Least

This is a no-brainer. In order to support 120FPS, you naturally need to have a monitor, TV or a projector that supports 120Hz.

Refresh Rate and Frame Rate, while related, are NOT the same. The refresh rate tells you how many times the screen has the potential to change the image in a second.

Since frames of a game are nothing more than images. 120Hz means that the TV or the monitor has the capacity to display 120 Frames Per Second.

A vast majority of the average monitors and TVs unfortunately only offer 60Hz refresh rate. Meaning, they can support a max frame rate of 60 FPS.

And hence, a 60Hz or even a 75Hz monitor will NOT support 120 Frame Per Second naturally.

Will PS5 Work on 144Hz, 165Hz and 240Hz Monitors and TVs

144Hz monitor
Gigabyte Aorus FI32U. This 4K 144Hz Monitor can support upto 4k @ 120FPS PS5 mode.

Fortunately, a monitor or a TV with a higher than 120Hz can support 120FPS. So, if you have a monitor or a TV with 144Hz, 165Hz, 240Hz etc, refresh rate, then fortunately, your console would support 120FPS.

It should be noted that the PS5 in case will capped at 120Hz. So if you have a 144Hz monitor, PS5 will NOT run the games at 144 FPS. It will be capped at 120FPS.

Read in Detail: Does PS5 Support 144Hz Refresh Rate?

Summary: You need a monitor or a TV with 120Hz or higher to get 120FPS.

2. An HDMI Cable that Conforms to HDMI 2.1 Specs

In addition to having the right display, you also need to have the right type of cable.

You see, HDMI cables are NOT the same. They are differentiated by the amount of data they can carry.

The following table shows the different cables and the version of the HDMI interface they are good for.

HDMI Standard
Certification
Max Data Rate
Supported
Specs SupportedBest Port
Standard4.95 Gb/s720 or 1080P @ 60Hz<1.4
High Speed10.2 Gb/sFHD @ 60Hz
QHD @ 60Hz
4K @ 30Hz
1.4
Premium High Speed18 Gb/s4k @ 60Hz2.0
Ultra High Speed48 Gb/s4K @ 60Hz
8K @ 120Hz
10K @ 120hz
2.1

So here are the key points:

  • To get 120 FPS on a Full HD monitor or TV, you need an HDMI 1.4 cable.
  • To get 120FPS on a 4K monitor or TV, you need an HDMI 2.1 (Ultra High Speed Cable).

PS5 comes with an HDMI 2.1 port as well as 5ft HDMI 2.1 cable. This cable can work on Full HD@120Hz monitors and TVs as well as with 4K monitors or TVs that support 4K@120Hz with an HDMI 2.1 input port.

However, if you plan to purchase a separate cable for your PS5, then make sure it conforms to the right standard PARTICULARLY if you want to run at 4K@120Hz.

Also when purchasing higher standard cables such as Ultra Premium or HDMI 2.1 cable, make sure they are certified by HDMI.org. Certified cables have the following label on the packaging.

Ultra High Speed cable label
For getting 4K@120Hz you need a certified HDMI 2.1 cable aka Ultra High Speed Cable

Also Read: Does PS5 come with HDMI 2.1 cable?

3. A Game That Supports 120FPS Mode

In addition to having the right hardware, you also need to have the right game.

120 FPS is NOT supported by all games.

Take for instance the Horizon Forbidden West – a PS5 exclusive. This game only support 1080P@60FPS and 4K@30FPS modes only. There is no option of 120FPS.

The following, however, are some of the games that DO support 120FPS modes:

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5
  • F1 2021
  • Fortnite
  • Ghostrunner
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Knockout City
  • Quake
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League

Techradar has a complete list of all the games that support 120FPS mode.

As you can it is generally the older and less graphically demanding games that are being supported at 120FPS.

You should also learn that PS5 DOES NOT aim to deliver 120FPS on most of its titles. The following is what Chritopher Mullins of Sony PS5 said about this matter:

“4K at 120Hz is… interesting, but actually with the next-gen consoles the baseline performance is to hit a really good native 4K/60Hz performance, and have that performance across many games.” –  Christopher Mullins – Reported by Techradar

Hence, in majority of the cases, you wouldn’t even need to worry about getting a 120Hz monitor or TV anyways.

4. Selecting the Right Settings

And finally, to enable 120FPS, you must have the right settings on PS5 selected.

If you have hooked up your 120Hz TV or monitor to PS5, but do not see the option for enabling 120FPS .

They key setting that enables 120FPS is changing the Game Preset to “Performance Mode”.

To do this, head over to:

  1. Settings Menu by clicking the gear icon on the main screen.
  2. The head over to Saved Data and Game/App Settings
  3. Game Presets
  4. Change mode to “Performance Mode”

In addition to changing the PS5 settings, you also need to enable the 120FPS mode within the game itself.

The following video explains this further in depth:

Final Words

The article above detailed how to get 120FPS on PS5. If in case after going through all the pointers above you still can’t get 120FPS, then that could indicate:

  • The game simply does not support 120FPS mode
  • Your monitor or TV does not support 120Hz
  • You are using an HDMI cable that does not conform to HDMI 2.1 interface.

I hope this article helped, if you have any questions and comments let me know below. Happy Gaming.

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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