Apex Legends players “underwhelmed” by long-awaited 120 FPS update

Joseph Pascoulis
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Apex Legends players are disappointed with the highly anticipated 120 Hz feature for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S introduced in the Season 20 update.

Apex Legends Season 20 has finally arrived, offering players a load of new content and balancing changes to sink their teeth into.

While the new Legend Upgrades, Ranked changes, and various buffs and nerfs for both Legends and weapons were some of the main highlights, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S players were extremely excited for the highly requested 120 HZ option that finally arrived with the update.

This new 120 Hz option for console players allows them to experience the FPS game at a much smoother frame rate than the standard 60. While many were excited for this, it turns out a lot of players in the community are somewhat disappointed with it.

Reddit user ‘bugattitony’ put a post up in the Apex Legends subreddit that said, “120 fps console update, feels underwhelming.” They explained that after being excited about the new option in Season 20 of the battle royale, they were quickly disappointed, as the “visuals are absolutely terrible.”

“If you’re more than 50m away everything looks washed out, pixelated, and muggy,” explained the OP. This is the main reason they feel underwhelmed, as they believe there to be “no reason why the Xbox series X and the PS5 visuals are [capped at 120 Hz], them two consoles can run 120 FPS at 1440 easy.”

Other Apex Legends players weighed in, with one even comparing the visuals while running 120 FPS on CoD and Fortnite, “Why can cod and fortnite look good at 120fps but apex looks like s**t?”

According to some in the comments, this could be because “COD’s engine is really good, and Fortnite has Unreal Engine almost tailor made by and for them at this point…Apex devs chose (POORLY) to make the game on an engine not suitable for the long run, and it shows.”

Whether or not this is the case, players are clearly disappointed with the visual fidelity of the 120 Hz option, especially since they had to wait so long for it.

“Such a long-awaited update and feels underwhelming. I do enjoy smoothness a lot, but resolution drops way too much…I was expecting a compromise, but not to this extent.”

It’s a shame that players are not enjoying the new 120 Hz option for consoles on Apex Legends, but perhaps the devs will look to improve the fidelity on 120 FPS in the future. For now, check out everything we know about the 5th Anniversary event.

About The Author

Joseph is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel, specializing in shooters such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch. He also enjoys Souls-likes, the Resident Evil franchise, and Tekken. After writing for KeenGamer, he joined CharlieIntel in 2021. If Joseph isn't writing about games, he's most likely playing them. You can contact him at [email protected].