It's a question that has been asked since the beginning of online gaming, and it's one that still isn't easy to answer. Sure, you might say the game with the highest framerate is the best for fast-paced action, but what about games like Minecraft? Does having an incredibly low framerate make it any less exciting than Battlefield 4? Of course not. Your opinion on what makes a great shooter will depend entirely on your personal preference. Some are all about gorgeous visuals while others love pounding their opponents into submission with nothing but pure skill. Everything else falls somewhere in between. The following five games are some of my all-time favorites regardless of how old or new they are, mostly because them to be consistently great regardless of what system you use to play them.
There are jokes about how many frames the human eye can see, which console gamers (then limited to 30 FPS) argued was the absolute limit of a human eye. The reality is that it is somewhere in between. We can only observe 10-12 frames in a second, and higher rates are interpreted as movement.
What Is FPS (Frames Per Second)?
The term FPS is thrown around constantly in the world of PC gaming, but there are a lot of gamers (especially console gamers) who don't know what it means. In terms of raw performance, it's pretty simple: increasing your framerate will make your games appear smoother and more fluid. For example, if you're playing Battlefield 4 multiplayer and your rig is pumping out 100 FPS, you should experience less lag than someone with an FPS output of 55. Now that we've gotten the simple explanation out of the way, let's take a closer look at why some people believe it's so important to have as many frames as possible running through their games.
Why Is It So Important?
On paper 100 FPS seems like a magic number because it's easier on your eyes than lower numbers, but it isn't quite that simple. Truth be told, you won't see much of a difference between 55 FPS and 100 FPS unless you're playing online with friends or strangers who are in the same room as you. Still, there are plenty of gamers out there who would rather have everything looking silky smooth no matter how old their systems happen to be. The problem is that you'll need a pretty powerful rig to push the high numbers.
Is 60 FPS Enough For Modern Games?
It seems like more and more games are hitting the market with framerates that barely reach 60 FPS on consoles, which has gamers scrambling to upgrade their equipment. For example, Battlefield 4 is running at 720p/60 FPS on the Xbox One and 900p/60 FPS on the PS4. It's an especially awful situation for console players because they're already limited in terms of performance due to memory restraints. PC gamers have it much easier since you can choose what hardware you want inside your rig, but they still aren't immune to problems.
For console gamers, the new standard of 60 FPS arrived a little later since only the most recent console generation of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has provided native 60 FPS.
We've finally gotten over the hurdle that is measuring performance. Now, all there's left to say is that framerate doesn't mean everything when it comes to first-person shooters. There are other factors involved like visuals, player count, and overall smoothness of gameplay that can determine whether or not a game truly performs well enough for you to enjoy it.