Mass Effect Legendary Edition Confirms 120fps on Xbox Series X and 60fps on PS5
With just over a week left to go before the launch of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, EA has confirmed that the Xbox Series X can run the game at 120fps, while the PlayStation 5 will run the game at 60fps.
Up until now, it was unknown how the classic trilogy of games would run on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Legendary Edition director, Mac Walters, told IGN in an interview earlier this year that the team has “some targeted unleashing of the game so that it will leverage a little bit more power of the next-gen series beyond just the faster load times you’d expect from the SSD.”
Now we know exactly how the Legendary Edition will run on next-gen consoles, both in the game’s “Favor Quality” mode and the “Favor Framerate” mode thanks to an update posted today by EA. Here’s what you can expect:
- PlayStation 5: Up to 60fps at 4K in Favor Quality, Up to 60fps at 1440p in Favor Framerate
- Xbox Series X: Up to 60fps at 4K in Favor Quality, Up to 120fps at 1440p in Favor Framerate
- PlayStation 4 Pro: Up to 30fps at 4K in Favor Quality, Up to 60fps at 1440p in Favor Framerate
- Xbox Series S/Xbox One X: Up to 30fps at 4K in Favor Quality, Up to 60fps at 1440p in Favor Framerate
- PlayStation 4: Up to 30fps at 1080p in Favor Quality, Up to 60fps at 1080p in Favor Framerate
- Xbox One: Up to 30fps at 1080p in Favor Quality, Up to 60fps at 1080p in Favor Framerate
As you can see, only the Xbox Series X will be able to play Mass Effect Legendary Edition at 120fps.
If you’re looking at the PS5’s Mass Effect specs and wondering why it plays the game at 60fps in both the Favor Quality and the Favor Framerate mode, with the only difference between the two being a lesser resolution in the Favor Framerate mode, don’t worry — we did too, and after reaching out to EA for clarification, we were directed back to the spec sheet on the blog post.
According to EA’s post, the Favor Quality mode “prioritizes achieving the highest visual fidelity possible in exchange for a lower target framereate,” while the Favor Framerate mode “prioritizes the highest framerate possible by scaling native resolution and reducing some graphical features.” It’s unclear at this point why anyone would choose to play the game in the Favor Framerate mode on PlayStation 5, but hey, you do you.
Eslewhere in the Milky Way, the company also revealed that the bonus download content available in the Deluxe Editions of Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 is now available for download ahead of the Legendary Edition’s launch next week. It’s a 1.7GB download that also includes the first soundtrack of Mass Effect, as well as a new Legendary Edition track, two PDF art books, two PDF comic books, and a Normandy digital lithograph.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches next week on May 14. While waiting for that, read about all of the gameplay tweaks that were made and then read about why PS5 and Xbox Series X editions of the game aren’t being released.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.