God of War Ragnarök: Graphical Modes Explained

More choice is a good thing, but picking the ideal graphical settings is getting confusing- So this guide is for all you that want to face the Norse Gods in the best possible way.

With God of War Ragnarök, it takes full advantage of Sony’s newest console to deliver an astounding level of performance that has impressed us at every turn and continues to do so. This experience is enhanced by the game’s compatibility with modern televisions’ technological bells and whistles and the God of War Ragnarök’s multiple Graphical Modes, making it a defining PS5 technical display.

God of War Ragnarök comes with several graphics modes, allowing players to enjoy the stunning visuals in 4K resolution or smoothen the experience by unlocking higher frame rates. However, these graphics modes are restricted to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 Pro. If you’re someone who still owns a PS4, you won’t be able to alter the graphic settings. With that being said, let’s explain to you all of God of War Ragnarök’s Graphical Modes.

Key Takeaways

  • Unlike 2018’s God of War, God of War Ragnarok comes out of the gate with the option to either have 60fps or high fidelity graphics.
  • Players can choose different modes according to what they need.
  • Base PS4 has no flexibility with graphics, tho, the PS5 and PS4 pro do. The PS5 obviously having the most options to choose between.

God of War Ragnarök Graphical Modes

On the PS5, you may pick between six visual settings for God of War Ragnarök, including a High Frame Rate option, depending on whether you want to prioritize performance or resolution. One PS5 option allows for native 4K resolution, but only if you have the necessary hardware, such a 120Hz or 4K monitor. Two PS5 modes also feature unlocked frame rates, enabling you to achieve buttery-smooth graphics above 60FPS. Although the PS4 Pro plainly has lower performance and quality, there is still considerable customization available thanks to the three available graphics choices.

What Are The Available Graphical Modes 

God of War Ragnarök has six different graphics modes on PS5 and three on PS4 Pro. All of these settings are broadly divided into two categories: Favor Performance, which emphasizes the game’s frame rate at the expense of picture quality, and Favor Quality, which operates the game at a frame rate of less than 60 frames per second but picture quality and graphics are enhanced. The specifications for each of the God of War Ragnarök graphical modes are shown below:

Graphical Modes available for all systems

For PS5:

There are several choices available for PS5 users who are playing God of War Ragnarök, however, most of them include connecting your PS5 to a suitable TV or monitor for certain capabilities, so be aware that not all of these options may be accessible to you.

  • Favor Performance – Resolution: 1440p – 2160p, Frame Rate: 60FPS target.
  • Favor Performance + High Frame Rate Mode – Resolution: 1440p, Frame Rate: Unlocked 60FPS, Requires HDMI 2.1 connection and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate or higher.
  • Favor Performance + High Frame Rate Mode + Variable Refresh Rate – Resolution: 1440p, Frame Rate: Unlocked 60FPS, Requires HDMI 2.1 connection and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate or higher.
  • Favor Quality – Resolution: 2160p, Frame Rate: 30FPS target, requires a 4K display to run at Native 4K.
  • Favor Quality + High Frame Rate Mode – Resolution: 1800p – 2160p, Frame Rate: 40FPS target, Requires HDMI 2.1 connection and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate or higher.
  • Favor Quality + High Frame Rate Mode + Variable Refresh Rate – Resolution: 1800p – 2160p, Frame Rate: Unlocked 40FPS, Requires HDMI 2.1 connection and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate or higher.

For PS4 Pro:

  • Favor Performance – Resolution: 1080p – 1656p, Frame Rate: Unlocked 30FPS
  • Favor Quality – Resolution: 1440p – 1656p, Frame Rate: 30FPS target
  • Standard – Resolution: 1080p, Frame Rate: 30FPS target

Let’s now tell you how to change between these graphical modes on your system.

How To Change Between Graphical Modes

To change the graphics mode in God of War Ragnarök, pause the game, open the setting menu, then choose Graphics and Camera. Under the ‘Graphics‘ headings, you’ll spot the ‘Graphics Mode’ setting, allowing you to choose between Favor Performance and Favor Quality, so choose your preference out of those two options.

Below that, you can also set the “High Frame Rate Mode” option on or off to speed up your game’s frame rate. Be warned that if your display cannot operate at 120Hz, this option will be greyed out and unavailable to you. You should also verify your PS5 settings under the Screen and Video menu to make sure the “120Hz Output” setting is not off.

Additionally, you can potentially improve the frame rate of God of War Ragnarök even further by turning VRR on, assuming your display device supports it. However, this is done through the PS5 settings and is not found in-game. Open up the PS5 settings menu, go to Screen and Video, and then under Video Output, make sure VRR is not switched off.

So, there you have it — those are all the Graphical Modes in God of War Ragnarök, and how to switch between them. If you’re looking for more guides on God of War Ragnarök, you can find them here.

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