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Apex Legends gets next-gen versions today, but 120 Hz is coming later

PS5 and Xbox Series X apps launch alongside The Warriors Collection

Octane celebrating in Apex Legends as explosions go off behind him Image: Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Apex Legends got long-awaited native apps for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on Tuesday, but there was a catch: Those versions of the popular battle royale launched without support for 120 Hz gameplay — a much-requested feature for the competitive shooter.

Developer Respawn Entertainment confirmed on Twitter and in a blog post that Tuesday’s Warriors Collection event would also introduce the next-gen updates. The PS5 and Xbox Series X versions get 4K visuals at 60 frames per second, HDR visuals, and improved shadows and draw distances. The Xbox Series S version gets HDR.

Gameplay at 120 Hz is listed as “coming in future updates” to all next-gen consoles, along with further visual and audio improvements, and support for the PS5 DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

There’s no need to do anything to play the latest version of Apex Legends on Xbox, as it uses Smart Delivery to ensure you’re playing the best version of the game. Respawn shared instructions for updating the game on PS5.

Some players expressed disappointment that 120 Hz gameplay had not been prioritized over 4K resolution in the next-gen update. Rival battle royale shooters Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite both support ultra-fast refresh rates at lower resolutions on PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, and many competitive players prefer the responsiveness of 120 Hz to the crispness of 4K visuals.

The Warriors Collection event runs until April 12 and brings back the nine-versus-nine Control game mode as well as adding a new map, limited edition cosmetics, and more.

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