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How to Get 120 FPS on PS5 Fortnite?

How to Get 120 FPS on PS5 Fortnite featured

There is no doubt in that the smoothness of motion and clarity provided by the 120 FPS can certainly give you a competitive edge PARTICULARLY in fast-paced FPS games.

Hence, if you are a professional Fortnite player or if you are someone who often competes, then playing the game at 120 FPS is a no-brainer.

In this short and succinct guide, I will talk about how to get 120 FPS on PS5 Fortnite and what tools you need in order to enable 120 FPS support.

What Display Modes are Supported by Fortnite on PS5?

Fortnite on PS5 is supported at different display modes:

  • 1080 @ 60 or 120 FPS
  • 1440P @ 60 or 120 FPS
  • 4K @ 60 FPS

These display modes obviously have ramifications on the type of display and HDMI cable you’d need.

Ingredients Needed for 120 FPS Support for Fortnite on PS5

PS5 has a list of games that support 120 FPS gameplay. Fortunately, Fortnite is one of them.

However, in order to enable 120 FPS gameplay support, you need to have the right ingredients (or rather the right infrastructure in place).

There are two important hardware accessories you need:

  1. The Right Monitor / TV
  2. The Right HDMI Cable

1. Monitor or TV with 120Hz Refresh Rate Support

For starters, the most obvious piece of equipment you need in order to enable 120 FPS support on Fortnite on PS5 is the right monitor or TV.

Conventional TVs and monitors have a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. In order to support 120FPS, you will need to have a monitor or a TV with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is important to note the relationship between FPS and Refresh Rate here. Refresh Rate is the function of the monitor whereas FPS is the function of the gaming console.

120Hz refresh rate monitor means that it can refresh the image on its screen 120 times in a second. A monitor with 60Hz will work at 60 FPS max.

Monitors / TVs with 144Hz, 165Hz (Or Beyond) Refresh Rates

Also, it should be noted that should you choose to go for monitors or TVs with refresh rates higher than 120Hz, then you should make sure that it has a dedicated 120Hz refresh rate mode in order to support 120 FPS on PS5.

PS5 does NOT support 144Hz, 165Hz, or any other refresh rates. In other words, PS5 cannot work at 144FPS, 165FPS or any other frames per second.

Take the following 144Hz Dell S2719DGF monitor, for instance:

Dell S2719DGF display modes

Despite being a 144Hz monitor, it does not support a 120Hz refresh rate and thus it will NOT support the 120 FPS mode.

2. Cable with the Right Version and Bandwidth

While all HDMI cables and ports look the same, they can vary drastically in terms of the maximum resolution and refresh rate they can carry.

The following table shows the different HDMI port versions. PS5 has an HDMI 2.1 port capable of supporting up to 4K @ 120 FPS.

HDMI VersionMax ResolutionRefresh RateHDR
1.21440P1080P = 60Hz
1440P = 30Hz
1.3-1.44K (4096 x 2160)1080P = 120Hz
1440P = 60Hz
4K = 30Hz
2.04K (4096 x 2160)1080P = 240Hz
1440P = 144Hz
4K = 60Hz
2.18K (7680 x 4320)1440P = 240Hz
4K = 144Hz
4K = 240Hz (DSC)
8K = 120Hz (DSC)

In order to cater to these ports, you have different HDMI cables.

HDMI Cable CertificationSupported SpecsIntended HDMI
Port Version
Standard1080P @ 60Hz1.0-1.3
High SpeedFHD @ 144Hz
QHD @ 60Hz
4K @ 30hz
Premium High SpeedFHD @ 240Hz
QHD @ 144Hz
4K @ 60Hz
Ultra High SpeedFHD @ > 240Hz
1440P @ > 240Hz
4K @ 144Hz (240Hz with DSC)
8K @ 120Hz (DSC)
10K @ 120Hz (DSC)

The point to note here is that for playing Fortnite at Full HD (1080) at 120 FPS, any HDMI cable would do just fine.

However, in order to play Fortnite on PS5 at 1440P at 120 FPS, you will need to have at least a premium HDMI cable.

PS5 comes with 1.5 meters long Ultra High Speed HDMI cable.

So How to Get 120 FPS on PS5 Fortnite?

Once you have the right ingredients, you will need to head over to the settings section in the menu and enable the 120 FPS mode.

120 FPS mode fortnite
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In order to GET this setting in-game, you will need to enable Performance mode in PS5. To do that:

  1. Head over PS5’s Settings menu from the Dashboard
  2. Saved Data and Game/App Settings
  3. Game Presets
  4. Change Performance or Resolution Mode to PERFORMANCE MODE

PS5 Game Presets

  • Performance mode enables higher FPS
  • Resolution mode enables higher resolution (i.e 4K)

This should enable the 120 FPS option in Fortnite for both FHD and 1440P monitors / TVs.

Can Fortnite do 4K at 120FPS?

Unfortunately, if you have a 4K monitor, Fortnite would work at 4K @ 60 FPS max.

However, you’d still be able to play at 120 FPS on a 4K monitor by dialing down the resolution (select performance mode) to either 1440P or FHD.

Atif Qazi

Atif Qazi is the founder of and a huge gaming nerd. Thanks to the vast gaming experience under his belt, you can often find him writing detailed pieces of content on gaming hardware and console. But in all honesty, nothing gives him more pleasure than 'one-shotting' everyone as a stealth archer in ESO: Skyrim.

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