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High Frame Rate Mode in God of War Ragnarok, Explained

Silky smooth frame rates befitting of the God of War himself!

Alongside the normal ‘Display Modes’ in God of War Ragnarok that allow you to choose whether the game should prioritize resolution or frame rate over the other, there’s also a ‘High Frame rate Mode’ option sitting just below it in the Settings menu. While the name does give away what this mode does, there are some requirements your setup will need to meet in order to actually make use of it. So sit back, grab a cuppa, and let us explain everything you need to know about God of War Ragnarok High Frame Rate Mode.

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What Does High Frame Rate Mode Do in GoW Ragnarok?

High Frame rate mode, as the name suggests, will enable the game to run up to 120fps, making all the action on-screen unfold in a buttery smooth frame rate.

It should be noted that this doesn’t guarantee or ‘lock’ the frame rate to a steady 120fps, though. Instead, the frame rate can go up to 120fps, but there’s a good chance that it’ll be bouncing around anywhere between 60-120fps, and possibly even below 60fps when action gets particularly chaotic on-screen.

As noted by Digital Foundry in its tech review for God of War Ragnarok, the game tends to bounce around and between 80-90fps, and bottoms out the resolution at 1440p. If you’ve got the tech to make it work, we’d recommend turning on High Frame rate mode.

High Frame Rate Mode Requirements in GoW Ragnarok

High Frame rate Mode requires players to have a TV or monitor with an HDMI 2.1 port that is capable of displaying 120fps/ 120hz content. If your display doesn’t have one or the other of these things, then, simply put, there’s no point in turning on the mode itself, as you won’t get any benefit.

It’s also worth noting, as pointed out by Digital Foundry again, that unless your monitor or TV has Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), you’re probably better off just leaving this disabled and enjoying the game in its normal ‘Performance Mode’ instead, which runs the game at 60fps.

That’s because without VRR, High Frame rate mode can result in additional jitter, reducing the fluid feel of the action on-screen… which is the whole benefit of higher frame rates.

How to Enable High Frame Rate Mode in GoW Ragnarok

The High Frame rate mode can be accessed at any time by pressing the Options button on your controller and then navigating to ‘Settings.’

Here, under the ‘Graphics & Camera’ tab, you’ll find the ‘High Frame Rate Mode’ towards the bottom of the ‘Graphics’ section, directly under the ‘Graphics Mode’ option that enables you to change between Resolution and Performance modes respectively.

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Simply select the option and then press left or right on the d-pad to toggle the mode on and off. You can always try it for a while and see if you notice the difference, and if not, turn it back off again.

That’s everything you need to know on God of War Ragnarok’s High Frame Rate Mode. For more tips and tricks to get you started, be sure to check out our guides on all Svartalfheim Odin’s Raven locations, all Idunn Apple locations and all Horn of Blood Mead locations in Svartalfheim, too.

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Chris Jecks has been covering the games industry for over eight years. He typically covers new releases, FIFA, Fortnite, any good shooters, and loves nothing more than a good Pro Clubs session with the lads. Chris has a History degree from the University of Central Lancashire. He spends his days eagerly awaiting the release of BioShock 4.