How to play at 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 good fluidity in games. Find out how to take advantage of this technical innovation and have 120 FPS on Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S.

Requirements for 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and Series S: a compatible screen

To play at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X or Series S, you must have a compatible display. It can be a 4K 120 FPS TV or a PC monitor that can support this frame rate.

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

Sometimes you will find TVs that mention 100 Hz compatibility and others 120 Hz in their technical sheets. Be aware that we are talking about the same thing and this is a fundamental difference between the display standards used between PAL (mostly Europe) and NTSC (USA and Japan) formats.

Finally, note that some screens that are not 4K are able to process at 120 Hz, and therefore, for example, a signal sent to the console at 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 port, HDR or other image options.

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

If you want to enjoy games in 4K and 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X, you really need to have an ultra high speed HDMI cable that supports the HDMI 2.1 standard. Rest assured, the cable provided in the Xbox Series X box is compatible, so use this one and not the other one.

If you’ve lost or damaged it, you can find ultra-high-speed HDMI 2.1 compatible cables on Amazon for under $15. No need to spend more for a cable no more than 2m long.

If you have an Xbox Series S, know that the console does not support 4K at 120 FPS. Therefore the cable supplied with this Xbox is not compatible with this definition and frame rate. On the other hand, the Xbox Series S is compatible with 120 FPS at 1080p.

How to Configure Xbox for Native 120 FPS

  • Press the Xbox button on the controller
  • Go to Profile and system screen
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to the General
  • Go to Display and TV options
  • 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 update available 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 the updates if any

How to Setup Xbox for 120 FPS Boost

Some old Xbox games are optimized for new Xboxes and you can find this list of Xbox Series X and S optimized games in our dedicated folder. Some games that used to run at 60 frames per second can now run at 120 frames per second on the Xbox Series X|S thanks to the “FPS boost” option. Consult the details of each game to be sure. You can also see 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 My games and applications menu
  • Select Show All
  • Select a compatible game
  • Press Menu
  • Select Manage Game & Add-ons
  • Select Compatibility Options
  • Enable the 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 games

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

Depending on the game, it can be an option that can be activated in the settings menu while for others, 120 FPS is activated by selecting a particular graphics mode. Usually this mode is called “Performance”. Here are some games available at 120 FPS on Xbox Series X through “Performance” mode:

  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • F1 2021
  • Halo Infinite
  • Knockout City
  • A Tale of Plague: Innocence
  • Battle V
  • call of duty warzone

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