Play Fortnite at a super-smooth 120Hz on iPad Pro [Pro tip]

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Fortnite on iPad with SteelSeries Nimbus
Get an edge in Battle Royale matches.
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Pro-tip-4Did you know that Apple’s latest iPad Pro models can play Fortnite even better than dedicated game consoles? Get an edge in your Battle Royale matches by upgrading to a super-speedy 120 frames-per-second.

Display refresh rates don’t mean much to most people. We never really pay much attention to them because in the majority of cases, we don’t need to. But when it comes to gaming, faster refresh rates can make a real difference.

Today’s home consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — play Fortnite at 60 frames-per-second. That’s double the frame rate of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch. On the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro, however, you can go up to 120.

This not only makes the game feel smoother, but it can make it easier to aim and see moving objects. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

How to play Fortnite at 120Hz on iPad Pro

By default, Fortnite plays at 60 frames-per-second with the highest-quality visuals on iPad Pro — no matter which model. To bump that up to 120 fps on 2018 and 2020 models, follow these steps:

  1. Load up Fortnite and enter the game’s settings menu.
  2. Navigate to the Display settings tab.
  3. Change the Mobile Framerate to 120 FPS.

What are the downsides?

There are a couple of things you should be aware of before making this change. Firstly, Fortnite will use up more battery life at 120 fps, so it might be best not to use this setting if you’re away from a power source.

Secondly, you’ll notice that enabling the 120 fps mode automatically reduces graphics quality. The change isn’t huge; you may not even notice it, but even those who do should agree that 120 fps gameplay is worth the sacrifice.