How to Play in 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and Series S | Xbox One

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles allow you to play at 120 FPS, that is, at a high frame rate for great fluid gameplay. Find out how to take advantage of this technical news and have 120 FPS on Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S.

Prerequisite for having 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and Series S: a compatible monitor

To play at 120 FPS on Xbox Series X or Series S, you need a compatible monitor. It can be a 4K 120 FPS TV or a PC monitor capable of supporting this frame rate.

If your TV has an HDMI 2.1 port, then chances are you can enjoy 120 FPS on it. Be careful as this is not the case for all models. We advise you to take a look at our guide to the best TVs for Xbox to find a 100% compatible model.

You will sometimes come across TVs that mention 100Hz compatibility and other times 120Hz on their spec sheet. Please note that we are actually talking about the same thing and that it is really a standard difference between the display standards used between the PAL (mainly in Europe) and NTSC (US and Japan) formats.

Finally, note that some monitors that are not 4K are able to process 120 Hz, and therefore, for example, a signal sent by the console in 1080p and 120 FPS. Check the output formats supported by your TV or monitor if it does not have an HDMI 2.1 connection.

For more details, you can also consult our file to properly adjust your TV for Xbox Series X|S, be it game mode, HDMI ports, HDR or other picture options.

Play in 4K and 120 FPS on Xbox Series X with a compatible HDMI cable

If you want to enjoy gaming in 4K and 120 FPS on Xbox Series X, you absolutely need an ultra-high-speed HDMI cable that supports the HDMI 2.1 standard. You can be sure that the cable that comes with the Xbox Series X box is compatible, so use this one and not another one.

If you’ve lost or damaged it, you can find ultra-high-speed HDMI 2.1-compatible cables on Amazon for under $15. There is no need to spend more for a cable that does not exceed 2m in length.

If you have an Xbox Series S, be aware that the console does not support 4K at 120 FPS. The cable that comes with this Xbox is therefore not compatible with this definition and frame rate. On the other hand, the Xbox Series S is compatible with 120 FPS in 1080p.

How to Configure Xbox for Native 120 FPS

  • Press the Xbox button on the controller
  • Go to the Profile and System screen
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Go to Display and TV settings
  • Go to Refresh Rate
  • Select 120Hz

If you think your TV supports 120Hz, but the option isn’t available to you, make sure your Xbox has the latest update available. To get the latest available update for your Xbox, complete the following steps.

  • Press the Xbox button on the controller
  • Go to Profile and system
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to System
  • Go to Updates and apply updates if there are any

How to Configure Xbox for 120 FPS Boost

Some old Xbox games have been optimized specifically for new Xboxes, and you can find this list of Xbox Series X and S optimized games in our dedicated folder. Some games that were previously available at 60 frames per second can now run at 120 frames per second on the Xbox Series X|S thanks to the “boost FPS” option. Check the details for each game to be sure. You can also find the list of FPS Boost games on Xbox.

Please follow the following steps to enable FPS boost on your Xbox.

  • Open the Xbox Guide
  • Go to the My Games and Applications menu
  • Select Show All
  • Select a compatible game
  • Press Menu
  • Select Manage games and add-ons
  • Select Compatibility Settings
  • Enable FPS boost option

Note that the FPS boost option is grayed out if your TV or console is not configured to support 120Hz.

Enable 120 FPS option in game

Once you have a 120Hz capable monitor and have enabled the 120 FPS option on your Xbox Series X|S, all you have to do is enable the setting in your game!

Depending on the game, it may be an option to enable in the settings menu, while for others, 120 FPS is enabled by selecting a specific graphics mode. Often this state is called “Performance”. Here are some games available at 120 FPS on Xbox Series X via a “Performance” mode:

  • Bright memory infinite
  • F1 2021
  • Halo infinite
  • Knockout City
  • A plague tale: Innocence
  • Battlefield V
  • call of duty war zone

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