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WHAT THE FRAME RATE? 60 FPS VS. 30 FPS

How important is it really?

by Felipe Parada

This topic has always been a big issue no matter who you ask. I never understood why it matters so little to some but even more to others. One of the longest running arguments on the internet today, both sides will state that its basically pointless. But neither side can come up with a convincing argument as to why its pointless. As someone who loves playing video games, I have read countless forums discussing the importance of frame rate, or lack thereof.

So how important is frame rate? Well frame rate doesn't mean anything if a game itself doesn't feel responsive to your movements. It can have the prettiest visuals that the hardware can boast but if a game does run at 30 fps, how much of it do you really notice? If you are playing a game like the Witcher 3, Battlefiled 1 or PROJECT CARS for about 20-30 minutes are you consciously keeping track of the frame rate? Some may say no but biologically the human eye can track more that 30 frames per second, so there is technically a difference. Its just more important to some than others.

I personally enjoy 60 frames per second. I own a 4K TV and it really does make a difference when playing games like Battlefield 1 and Driveclub where there is a lot of fast paced movement. On the other hand games like Assasin's Creed 4; Black Flag, Witcher 3 and Yakuza 0 have a bit less noticeable difference, at least to me. Trust me I have really tried to compare both frame rates in these games and its just not that impactful. Don't get me wrong, the games still look great and run amazingly but to me its all about the gameplay. 

Sometimes looking for the small details could be a bad thing. There were times that I was absolutely mesmerized by the weather effects in Drive Club until I crashed so hard that my game froze. But you cant deny the beauty of just soaking in the landscape of games like Horizon Zero Dawn or The Witcher 3. So its either we focus on how good everything looks or run the risk of not enjoying a game in its entirety.   

I am sure we are going to get to a point where 60 fps is going to be standard but as of right now I think it is less about frame rate and more about how the game performs. The new consoles are going to make sure of that with each game performing better than the other. In this aspect PC will always have an edge because each PC can be built for optimal performance, something you just cant do with consoles. Overtime we are going to forget about this discussion in its entirety just like how we forgot if HD DVD's were better than BluRay. 

So what do you think? Is frame rate more important than game play? Let us know in the comments.

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