120 Hz gaming is now available to PS5 players who are using a compatible display. Playing a game at 120 Hz results in smoother gameplay and more responsive controls, with many competitive gamers preferring it for games like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Destiny 2. However, it’s not always obvious when a game is running at 120 FPS or 60 FPS. Thankfully, there’s a way to check what refresh rate a PS5 is outputting at. Here’s how to know if your PS5 is running at 120 Hz.
Is my PS5 running at 120 Hz?
To know whether or not a PS5 is running at 120 Hz, users can:
- First, enable 120 Hz output.
- Do this by going to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > Change “Enable 120 Hz Output” to “Automatic.”
- Set “Performance Mode” as the priority for games.
- Head to Settings > Saved Date and Game/App Settings > Change “Game Presets > Performance Mode or Resolution Mode” to “Performance Mode.”
- Next, boot up a 120 Hz compatible game.
- Free-to-play options include Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.
- Head into the game settings and enable the 120 Hz mode.
- 120 Hz mode is often available in the “Video” or “Graphics” settings tab.
- Confirm the PS5 is running at 120 Hz.
- Check the PS5’s current output resolution and refresh rate by going to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > Video Output Information > Then read the “Resolution” line and look for “120 Hz.”
- Some TVs will also tell you the current frame rate of the content that you are watching. Consult your TV manual for instructions on how to view it.
If you’re struggling to get your PS5 to run at 120 Hz, check that you are using a compatible display. HDMI 2.1 is required for 4K 120 Hz support, though some HDMI 2.0 devices will also display 120 Hz content, though at a lower resolution.
Looking for more helpful PlayStation guides? Here’s how to improve PS Plus Game Streaming quality, how to stop the PS5 controller battery from draining so fast, and how to fix the PS5 controller not charging or turning on.