Battlefield 2042 has had its fair share of issues already, but DICE has finally clarified why the game doesn’t support 120Hz on current-gen consoles.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X put a lot of effort into their marketing on how the consoles will be able to output at 120Hz while maintaining high resolutions. However, it was revealed that Battlefield 2042 will not support 120Hz on consoles. This is a disappointment for those hoping to play games with a high frame rate for a maximum level of smoothness.
Revealed in a question and answer forum about ResetEra, DICE confirmed that the game will not support 120Hz for current-generation consoles when it launches, but that it is something the studio is interested in exploring “potentially” after launch. The reason DICE cites for not including the feature is that Battlefield 2042 will “hit CPUs severely with 128 players” and that the jump in hardware required to run the game at 120 FPS instead of 60 is significant.
While the 60Hz output is not something fans can look to, many fans were hoping that Battlefield could meet the standard set by Call of Duty: Vanguard which will support 120Hz for both PS5 and Xbox Series X as many have discussed in Down the line, however, the comparisons between the two franchises aren’t exactly fair due to the destructible environments in Battlefield weighing heavily on the console’s processing power, a feature Call of Duty doesn’t have.
This news alone may be disappointing, but it doesn’t necessarily spell disaster for Battlefield 2042. However, this isn’t the only warning sign that the game could have performance issues when it launches. The Beta weekends that DICE ran for the game tainted a lot of expectations for the next shooter as it was full of bugs and other glitches that make the game seem like it’s in a troubled spot. It’s also important to note that the 60Hz limiting doesn’t mean that the game will necessarily be a drastically worse experience, but the inability of the game to meet the 120Hz standard set by Call of Duty causes fans to hint that other issues are present. in addition to those. seen in Beta.
What kind of state Battlefield 2042 will launch in remains to be seen, but the poorly performing Beta combined with the lack of 120Hz support seems to have sent many warning signs to fans that it might not be the “next gen.” experience that DICE has promised it will be. There is still a lot of work going for the game, like the new Hazard Zone mode, but that doesn’t seem to be able to make up for the disappointment due to the performance issues that have been cited thus far.
Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.