Psyonix explains why "enabling 120hz... wasn't possible" for Rocket League

By Heidi Nicholas,
Developer Psyonix recently detailed the next-gen enhancements for Rocket League, and has now explained why "enabling 120hz... wasn't possible" for the game on PS5.

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Over on the Rocket League site, Psyonix said that "4K Resolution (checkerboard)" at 60fps with HDR was available at launch with the PS5, while 4K 60fps with HDR was available at launch for the Xbox Series X. However, both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were listed as receiving a "Video Quality" setting in a following update, which would let players choose Quality or Performance, with the option to have the game run at 120fps with HDR. This wasn't listed for the PS5, and Psyonix has now explained why.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Psyonix said, "our team's main focus this year was our recent free to play transition and updating major features like our Tournaments system... Due to this we had to make tough decisions on what else we could achieve. 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 is implemented on the console, and unfortunately wasn't possible due to our focus elsewhere." Digital Foundry chief Richard Leadbetter also spoke to Eurogamer to add that "right now, Sony limits 120Hz support to games specifically designed for PS5, meaning that 'enhanced' PS4 games like Rocket League and Warzone can't tap into the feature... Theoretically it should be possible for Sony to adjust this (PSVR games can run at 1080p resolution at up to 120Hz) but it will require a fair degree of work... It really does seem like the ball is in Sony's court on this one."

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!