The developers of Call of Duty: Warzone were the first to find out how to make a PS4 game run at 120fps on a PS5.

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Others thought it was impossible, but the key appears to be in tinkering with the console’s system settings.

Call of Duty: Warzone devs are the first to figure out how to make a PS4 game run at 120fps on PS5

The PlayStation 5’s next-generation hardware is perhaps the most powerful we’ve seen in a home gaming system to yet. Despite all of this extra energy, though, speed benefits while playing PS4 titles in compatibility mode have been minimal.

Load times appear to be faster, but PS4 games appear to be unable to take advantage of the PS5’s additional cycles to enhance frame rates. Although no one expects the PlayStation 5 to perform miracles on PS4 games running in compatibility mode, it appears that developers should have some access to the extra horsepower.

Rocket League and Overwatch developers tinkered with making a 120Hz mode for their respective titles but gave up, deeming it impossible. Improving performance would require a full-on PS5 port, as far as they could tell.

“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 [sic] is implemented on the console, and unfortunately [that] wasn’t possible due to our focus elsewhere,” Psyonix Senior Communications Manager Stephanie Thoensen told PushSquare last November.

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Raven Software and Infinity Ward developers recently assessed the issue and stated, “Wait a second. Please hold our beers.”

According to a tweet from Charlie Intel, CoD: Warzone’s most recent version added 120Hz support. It’s not as easy as switching between performance modes in the game’s settings.

Users must adjust a few PS5 system settings to enable Warzone’s 120Hz mode. To begin, navigate to Settings->Screen & Video->Video Output and toggle Enable 120Hz Output to Automatic. Second, navigate to Settings->Saved Data and Game/App Settings->Game Presets, and then switch to Performance or Resolution Mode.

Of course, you need a television with 120Hz and HDMI 2.1 support to take advantage of the settings in 4K. If your set is HDMI 2.0, you can only get 120Hz to work with resolution set to 1080p, and you may have to disable HDR.

While achieving 120fps in a PS4 game running in compatibility mode is not entirely straightforward, it is clearly possible without “a full native port” to the PlayStation 5 as Psyonix said. Now that Raven and Infinity devs have sorted it out, we should see other studios take note and follow their lead.


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