PS5 users won't get the same experience

Sucker Punch in PS5's Mouth: Rocket League at Double the FPS on Xbox Series X!

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Rocket League will run at double FPS on Xbox Series X compared to PlayStation 5. (Image Credit: Psyonix)

Rocket League is one of the more surprising stories in the gaming world. A fun little game that turned into a legitimate esport, the auto-football mashup is five years old now and ready to make the step into the next generation of consoles. However, Xbox Series X users can be much more excited about playing the game than PS5 owners.

Rocket League developer Psyonyx introduced us to the parameters of the next gen versions of the game in the week of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X's release. What PS5 players might be disappointed about is that their Xbox counterparts are going to receive a better performing game.

Rocket League Performing Better on Xbox Series X than PS5

Psyonix excitedly announced the arrival of Rocket League to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, revealing what sort of performance fans can expect from their favorite car-punching-footballs-into-a-net video game. Even at first glance, you could see that something's not quite right. The list for one console is much longer than the other.

Here, see for yourself:

Rocket League on Xbox Series X

Quality

  • 4K resolution at 60 FPS with HDR
  • HDR requires HDR10 compatible display and HDMI 2.0 cable or better (included with Xbox Series X)
  • 4K capable display required to experience 4K UHD. If a 1080p display is used, the game will render at 1080p supersampled from 4K.

Performance

  • Game runs at 2688x1512 resolution (70% of full 4K) at 120 FPS with HDR
  • Game UI runs in 4K
  • 4K capable display required to experience 4K UHD. If a 1080p display is used, the game will render at 1080p supersampled from 2688x1512.
  • HDR and 120 Hz require a compatible display, as well as Ultra High-Speed HDMI 2.1 cable (included with Xbox Series X)

Rocket League on Xbox Series S

Quality:

  • 1080p Resolution at 60 FPS with HDR
  • HDR requires compatible HDR10 display

Performance:

  • Game runs at 1344x756 (70% of Full 1080p) Resolution at 120 FPS with HDR
  • UI displays at 1080p
  • Requires a TV or monitor 120 Hz capable display
  • HDR requires a compatible HDR10 Display and High-Speed HDMI 2.0 cable (included with Xbox Series S)

Rocket League on PS5

  • 4K Resolution (checkerboard) at 60 FPS with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • 4K and HDR require compatible displays
  • Requires compatible HDMI cable (included with PlayStation 5)

As you can see, there's a slight difference in the length of the Xbox specifics and that of the PS5. That's because Rocket League is going to perform better on the former. To be more particular, RL will be able to run at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X while the PS5 version will peak at 60.

This will become possible at a later date, however. A new Video Quality setting will be added into the game menu sometime before New Year to allow Xbox Series X players to enjoy Rocket League at a higher frame rate.

The reason behind the discrepancy in FPS is the PS5's backwards compatibility which doesn't allow Psyonix to simply upgrade the game like they could with the Xbox version.

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