Update 13/11/20: Psyonix has responded to our request for comment on Rocket League's differences between PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. To recap, the game runs on PS5 just as it does on PS4 Pro — checkerboard 4K, at 60 frames-per-second — while on Microsoft's machines, there will be an update allowing the game to run at 120fps at reduced resolutions.
We asked why there is no such update coming for the game on PS5. Here's what Stephanie Thoensen, Psyonix's senior communications manager, told us:
Right now we have nothing further to share on additional PS5 plans, but can shed some more light on the why. Our team’s main focus this year was our recent free to play transition, and updating major features like our Tournaments system. Due to this we had to make tough decisions on what else we could achieve. Enabling 120hz on Xbox Series X|S is a minor patch, but enabling it on PS5 requires a full native port due to how backwards compatibility is implemented on the console, and unfortunately wasn’t possible due to our focus elsewhere.
So, it seems this is a limitation of how PS5 handles backwards compatible games. For Psyonix to get Rocket League running at 120 frames-per-second on PS5, it'll require a lot more work than the simple patch for Series X and S.
Original Story: In case there was any doubt, Rocket League will be playable on PlayStation 5. You'll be able to play the popular free-to-play title on PS5 via backwards compatibility, and with your Epic Games Account, your Rocket Pass progress and inventory will carry over. Developer Psyonix has also taken the time to outline how the game will perform on the next-gen consoles, and it's Microsoft's machines that are getting the attention.
On Xbox Series X, the game will run at native 4K at 60 frames-per-second at launch, with an update coming later in the year that'll introduce a 120fps mode at a reduced resolution. On Series S, the game runs at 1080p60, while a future update will allow it to also run at 120fps. Meanwhile, on PS5, Rocket League will run at checkerboard 4K and 60fps — which is the same as PS4 Pro — and there's no update incoming later on, according to the blog post.
The game runs great already, and will continue to do so on PS5, but sadly, you'll miss out on the 120fps mode that the Xbox Series consoles will be getting. It's not clear if Sony's console will receive this update at a later date.
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