Infinity Ward quietly adds 120fps to Call of Duty: Warzone on Xbox Series X - but not PS5

Behind enemy scanlines.

Infinity Ward has added 120fps support to Call of Duty: Warzone on Xbox Series X.

The support, which was not mentioned in Modern Warfare's latest patch notes published this week or on social media, was spotted by players as they tested the battle royale on Microsoft's new console.

The Microsoft Store listings for both Warzone and Modern Warfare mention 120fps.

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Digital Foundry's initial testing confirms Warzone now targets 120fps on Xbox Series X, but mostly hits between 100 and 120fps. Here's an Xbox Series X performance screenshot:

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However, Digital Foundry's initial testing confirms Warzone is limited to 60fps on PlayStation 5.

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This is a puzzling difference between Warzone - one of the biggest games on the planet that has crossplay enabled by default across all platforms - running on Xbox Series X and PS5. Digital Foundry has tried a variety of methods to triple-check Warzone's fps on PS5, and all see the game running at 60fps. The PS5 has quality and performance mode available to choose from on the user interface, but even in performance mode Warzone runs at 60fps.

Warzone, which comes up as a PlayStation 4 app when it's downloaded on PS5, does not boot in 120Hz, and there are no in-game menu functions to enable it. If 120fps support is in the game, it's currently inaccessible. Given Warzone is running on PS5 via PS4 backwards compatibility, perhaps it would require a full port to PS5 in order to enable 120fps on Sony's console.

Neither Activision or Infinity Ward have commented on this (we have asked), so we can only speculate as to why the companies have yet to shout about 120fps for their phenomenally-successful shooter. This is in stark contrast to the line taken by Bungie, for example, which announced Destiny 2 120fps on next-gen consoles to much fanfare this week.

It's worth noting Activision released a brand new Call of Duty game on Friday, Treyarch's Black Ops Cold War, and it may be possible the company doesn't wish to divert attention away from that game during its crucial launch period by shouting about 120fps in Warzone. It's also worth noting Activision has continued its partnership with Sony for Call of Duty with marketing and exclusives for Black Ops Cold War.

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