Overwatch Updated for Next-Gen Xbox Consoles With 120 FPS Support

by in Overwatch | Mar, 10th 2021

A brand-new Overwatch update was just released. It brings a much-anticipated treat for those looking to game on next-gen Xbox consoles: Overwatch 120 FPS support! This has been a long time coming, but better late than never! 

Going forward, you’ll be able to choose your “preferred mode” in-game, which will allow you to switch between three entirely different presets:

  • Resolution — If you’re content with 60 frames per second, then this is the mode for you. It emphasizes resolution at the cost of some graphical fidelity. The result? 4K at 60 FPS on an Xbox Series X and 1440p at 60 FPS on an Xbox Series S. 
  • Balanced — This mode is for those looking for the highest visual quality at the expense of resolution. This mode will effectively “max out” any settings it can, render the game at 1440p/60 FPS on an Xbox Series X and 1080p/60 FPS on an Xbox Series S.
  • Framerate — If you happen to have a TV/display that sports a 120Hz refresh rate (or has variable refresh rate support), then this is the way to go. At the cost of lowered graphical settings and resolution, you’ll be getting a stable 120 FPS no matter which Xbox you’re playing on. The Series X will still render at 1440p, whereas Series S owners will have to “make due” with 1080p.

The fact that gamers will pick and choose what they want to prioritize the most is one of the chief delights of next-gen consoles, and it’s nice to see Blizzard following through on their promise. If you want to go over the patch notes more thoroughly, you can head over to Blizzard’s official forums.

What About the PlayStation 5?

There’s still no news as to when PlayStation 5 owners will be getting the same update. Although it’s fair to assume that they won’t have to wait long — the PS5 isn’t noticeably weaker than the Xbox Series X, despite having a slightly less potent GPU. In any case, it’s powerful enough to run Overwatch at over 120 FPS, so it’s only a matter of time at this point. 


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