Playing Apex Legends on your current-gen console is about to become a whole lot slicker, according to a prominent leaker and dataminer. They claim that for Apex Legends Season 20, support for 120fps gameplay is arriving for players on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Apex Legends has technically already received an optimization update for current-gen consoles (it dropped way back in 2022), however that hasn’t stopped players calling for further updates to improve the FPS game’s frame rate and bring it closer in line to PC performance. Getting a 120 frames per second setting is high on the wishlists of many players – especially those that frequently compete in Apex Legends ranked games – and it sounds like Respawn is finally ready to deliver.
Ahead of the Apex Legends Season 20 release date in just a few days time, leaker ‘Osvaldatore’ (via ‘HYPERMYST’) confirms previous speculation that another performance update is coming for console players, and specifically claims that this will involve 120fps support. This will double the max frame rate for console players, which currently sits at 60fps. We can hear the champagne corks popping from here…
It’s currently unclear if other performance improvements and options are arriving alongside the frame rate increase.
It might not be all sunshine and roses, however. Following Osvaldatore’s claim, fellow leaker Thordan Smash (who had hinted at a performance update a few days prior) does warn players about downscaling, and says that he hopes “nobody’s [Xbox] Series S catches fire”.
While more casual players may not be too worried by this news, this is a huge deal for competitive-minded players. Apex Legends has one of the fiercest debates among its community when it comes to the advantages and disadvantages of playing on consoles versus PC, and controller versus mouse and keyboard, so any steps Respawn can take to even the playing field for both sects of the community are welcome. Just make sure you’ve got the best PS5 monitor and best Xbox monitor for the job, if you want to make use of all those delicious new frames.
Apex Legends Season 20 is gearing up to be a big one, as it coincides with the fifth anniversary of one of the best battle royale games ever.
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