If you don't know, the frame rate is the term to determine how many images, or frames, display per second in rapid succession to create the illusion of movement. Movies, with rare exception, tend to clock in at 24 frames per second (FPS), while video games tend to average around 30 FPS, with some going to 60. Obviously, the more frames you can display in a single second, the smoother the game will play. It has become a point of contention among some gamers, especially since games on the PS4 can hit a solid 60 FPS while the same game on the Xbone stutters to a 30.
But are frame rates really important? We, the gaming community, love to find reasons to bash other consoles and other gamers. Is the frame rate debate (rhyme!) just another way for us to pick on each other, or is it important?
Depends on who you ask. Just about right.
Some people claim that they cannot see the frame rate, and that may be true, especially if you don't play many games that have a rock solid 60. But I do think that even if you can't see the difference, you can feel it. There's a reason Bayonetta on the PS3 was poorly received. It just isn't as fluid as the Xbox 360 version. To me, it's noticeable. And I think anyone that put any amount of time into Bayonetta would agree.
But that's the issue at hand. Some people don't play Bayonetta (actually, judging by sales, a lot of people don't and that's a shame), and frame rates are less important to turn-based RPGs or something less reflex heavy.
I personally don't think that that's an excuse for a game to stutter along.
I think at the end of the day, the frame rate thing is really up to personal preference. If it doesn't bother you, that's fine. Enjoy your game. After all, that's what we're all here for. But frame rate bothers me. I won't refuse to play games with bad frame rates (I did play GTAV), but I do think that more effort should be placed into making a smooth experience. Because people do care. And even if they they don't, they notice the difference.
What about you? Are frame rates important to you when you play games?
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