Fortnite's new 120 fps mode on iPad Pro crushes PS4 and Xbox One

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You can now play Fortnite at 120 frames per second...on an iPad

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, released an update over the weekend that added a 120 fps mode for the iPad Pro, according to The Verge.

When enabled, the mode drops your game's resolution and switches the graphics settings to "medium." If you care more about beauty than speed, you can hike the graphics up to "high" for 60 fps gameplay or to epic, which looks amazing but only runs at 30 fps on the iPad Pro.   

For comparison, Fornite plays at 60 fps on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Other mobile systems, like the Nintendo Switch, only get up to 30 fps, which makes the 120 fps mode on the iPad Pro all the more impressive. 

The iPad Pro is such a great fit for these high frame rates because the tablet's Retina display features ProMotion, a technology that enables refresh rates of up to 120Hz.  

What does all that mean? The bottom line is that Fortnite will look incredibly smooth on the iPad Pro. So smooth that you might even have an upper hand when you're building a massive fortress or trying to snipe someone who is bunny-hopping across Salty Springs. 

We haven't gotten a chance to test the new 120 fps mode yet but The Verge's Sam Byford says "the difference is noticeable," even though the frame rates drop into the 100s and 90s. 

So the next time you get downed by an enemy in Fortnite, just know that they might have been playing on a tablet. 

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.