PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S have the capability to output high refresh rate video at 120Hz at various resolutions.
To maintain a 120Hz output from PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S, the entire video signal chain and connected devices, such as the TV/Monitor and capture card need to be able to support 120Hz.
Console -> Capture card -> TV/Monitor
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- Next-gen consoles and 120Hz support
Next-gen consoles and 120Hz support
These are the resolutions at which 120Hz output are supported on the consoles.
- 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 120Hz
- 3840 x 2160 (4K) at 120Hz
PlayStation 5 does not support 2560 x 1440 output.
Xbox Series X/S
- 1920x1080 (1080p) at 120Hz
- 2560x 1440 (1440p) at 120Hz
- 3840x2160 (4K) at 120Hz
4K at 120Hz requires HDMI 2.1 due to the extreme bandwidth required. At this time there are no Elgato capture device that support HDMI 2.1. More on Elgato and HDMI 2.1 information can be found here.
Elgato capture devices that support 120Hz passthrough and/or capture
As of November 2020, one Elgato capture device supports higher than 60Hz passthrough and capture.
Elgato 4K60 Pro supports up to 4K at 60Hz, 1440p at 144Hz and 1080p at 240Hz. This includes 1080p120Hz
To learn more about all the resolution and frame rates supported by 4K60 Pro, check out this article.
Determine if your setup supports 120Hz passthrough and capture
Xbox Series X/S
If you have a Xbox Series X/S plugged into 4K60 Pro and are using a 120Hz monitor, you will be able to play and capture at either 1080p 120Hz or 1440p 120Hz, depending on which resolution your monitor supports.
If you have a PlayStation 5 plugged into 4K60 Pro and are using a 120Hz monitor, you will be able to play and capture at 1080p 120Hz.
Recording 120 frames-per-second (fps) video
With 4K60 Pro capturing a 120Hz signal, recording frame rate in the 4K Capture Utility will be 60fps. The 120Hz signal will be converted to 60fps during recording.
To record the full 120Hz signal into a 120fps video, other software such as OBS Studio must be used and configured to record at 120fps.
Capture devices that do NOT support 120Hz at any resolution
- Elgato HD
- Elgato HD60
- Elgato HD60 S
- Elgato HD60 S+
- Elgato HD60 Pro
- Elgato 4K60 S+
- Cam Link
- Cam Link 4K
- Cam Link Pro
If 120Hz is not working with 4K60 Pro MK.2
In some cases, there may be communication issues between the TV/Monitor and the capture card, which prevents 1080p120 Hz from working correctly. If that is happening, please try the steps below:
1) Open the Elgato 4K Capture Utility software
2) Open the settings by clicking on the cog at the top right of 4K Capture Utility
3) In the settings navigate to the Device tab
4) From the EDID Mode dropdown menu select Display
5) Click Apply and Ok. The capture card signal and attached TV/Monitor may flash for a second
6) Verify that 1080p120Hz is working