Mass Effect Legendary Edition Can Run at 120 FPS On Xbox Series X, But Not PS5 – Here’s Why

BioWare has revealed that Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will include 60 FPS performance modes on consoles for the first time, with the Xbox Series X pushing for 120 FPS.

With the remastered trilogy of games hitting store shelves on May 14, we now have a good idea of what resolution/framerates to expect on PC and consoles.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Performance Chart
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Expected Performance/Resolution On Consoles

In a surprising, yet confusing move, BioWare revealed that the game will target 120 FPS at 1440p on the Xbox Series X exclusively in the performance mode. The same cannot be said for the PS5, which tops out at 60 FPS in both Quality and performance modes despite having similar hardware.

Why Does Mass Effect Legendary Edition run at 120 FPS On Xbox Series X, But Not PS5?

The answer is simple, if you know where to look for it. Mass Effect Legendary Edition was developed for the PS4 and Xbox One generation of consoles and run in backwards compatibility mode on the new consoles. As such, the game won’t have any extra visual enhancements when you play them on the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

However, the Xbox One console hardware had support for 120 Hz displays, although almost all games in the last generation were targeting 60 FPS at best. The game runs in backwards compatibility on both new consoles and adding the extra GPU and CPU power of the Xbox Series X, it makes sense that the game can run at 120 FPS on Microsoft’s new console but not on PS5, since the PS4 didn’t have support for 120 Hz.

It looks like PS5 owners will have to wait for a native PS5 version of the game if they wish to get the same benefit of playing at higher than 60 FPS. Given how most games released since the console’s launch have been cross-gen with added features, that might not be too much to ask from BioWare in the coming weeks.

As for PC gamers, they can rest easy since the game supports up to 240 Hz! More on that here. Check out the differences between the Mass Effect original trilogy and the new remaster here.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be available in India at ₹3,999 on PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) on May 14. The game will also be playable on PS5 and Xbox Series consoles with backwards compatibility support.

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