Pokémon Go is still a hugely popular mobile game. A few days ago, Niantic added a very interesting option to play with the same refresh rate as their smartphone.
Pokémon Go is still a very popular game and it is a very good example of unique mobile gaming experience. While the game is largely about hunting Pokémon all over the world rather than worrying about graphics, the app’s refresh rate has always been far behind what smartphones are capable of today.
Fortunately, this is no longer the case recently. Here’s how to take advantage of your smartphone’s native refresh rate in Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go handled refresh rate differently on iOS and Android
On Android, it was possible to play at 60 fps for some time. Although many Android smartphones have screens of up to 90Hz or 120Hz, playing at 60 fps is fine. On iPhone, however, the limit has always been set at 30 fps. In other words, Pokémon Go players on iOS had to be content with a very low refresh rate.
Even though the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are the only two 120Hz compatible iPhones, all the others can handle 60Hz, so gamers could have enjoyed a 60fps app.
As Sam Byford of The Verge explained recently, Pokémon Go recently added a new feature in a recent update, a feature that allows users to set the game’s refresh rate to match that of their own. smartphone. That is, if you have an iPhone with a 60Hz rate, like iPhone X, Pokémon Go will run at 60 fps.
If you have a 90Hz smartphone, like the Pixel 4, Pokémon Go will run at 90 fps. With the iPhone 13 Pro and its 120 Hz screen, the game will be displayed at 120 fps. This is a very interesting option, and yet not at all highlighted by Niantic, nor even activated by default. Without going to delve into the parameters, impossible to notice its existence.
How to increase Pokémon Go’s refresh rate
To get started, you need to make sure you have version 1.191.0 or later installed. To find out if you are in this case, head to the Play Store on Android or the App Store on iOS.
Once the correct version is installed, tap on the Pokéball at the bottom of the screen, then go to Settings. Scroll all the way down and choose “Advanced Settings”. There you should find the option “Native refresh rate”; tap the circle next to the option to activate it.
Once you’ve relaunched the game, you should enjoy a much smoother experience, especially if you’re playing on an iPhone or Android device with a 90Hz or 120Hz screen. Keep in mind, though, that playing with a higher refresh rate – especially at 120 Hz – will have an impact on the autonomy of your device.
If you prefer the quality of the gaming experience to the autonomy of your smartphone, you will activate it. Otherwise, you will leave it disabled. Up to you !
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over five years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.