Popular augmented reality mobile game, Pokémon Go now offers a 120Hz option on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Trainers will have to enable the higher refresh rate feature to enjoy faster switching during gameplay.
Apple upgraded the Pro models of the latest flagship iPhone series with 120Hz ProMotion displays which can dynamically switch between faster refresh rates up to 120Hz and slower refresh rates to 24Hz or 10Hz. With dynamic switching support, apps run more smoothly, present seamless animations, and take advantage of power-saving opportunities.
Pokémon Go trainers can now enable the higher 120Hz refresh rate on iPhone 13 Pro models
The new feature was spotted by The Verge in the latest update of Pokémon Go 1.191.0. Trainers can enable the higher frame rates in the “Advanced settings” of the app by selecting the “Native Refresh Rate” option which will unlock the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max native 120Hz refresh rate.
The developer of the app, Niantic has not officially announced the feature which elevates the gaming experience drastically. Previously, the game only supports 90fps on iOS. As several Android smartphones come with 120Hz displays, trainers can enjoy smoother gameplay on their Android devices as well. The Verge states:
I tried it out on my iPhone 13 Pro and it makes a huge difference. Pokémon Go isn’t the most visually complicated game, of course, but there’s a lot of scrolling and camera movement, and the smoother touch response feels a lot better when you’re lining up a pokéball throw with your finger […]
The new iOS feature isn’t limited to the 13 Pro and Pro Max, which are the only iPhones with 120Hz “ProMotion” displays. I also tried it on my old 8 Plus and it’s possible to unlock the frame rate there, too, though the aging A11 processor doesn’t always keep up a steady 60fps.
In July this year, Pokémon Go celebrated its fifth anniversary with a special event that included flying Pikachu, in-game fireworks, and much more. In a recent interview, Niantic CEO John Hanke discussed his future invention of creating AR glasses to make the real world a more exciting place.