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Until 2012, I never knew what gaming at 60fps meant. I remember having fun playing Perfect Dark in split-screen with my friends without even realizing how choppy framerates were. I also remember playing Halo 1-2-3 and until call of duty came to light, 30 fps wasn't an issue for me.

In 2012 I made the best(worst) decision of buying quite a good pc and playing all my games on pc. Everything was smooth (60fps) and I was never able to go back to console gaming for this sole reason (most games run at 30fps). 60fps became the norm. If a game benchmark was below 60 fps, there was no way for me to play it. As soon as you go below 60 fps, it feel sluggish, stutter like hell and all fun is gone. That was my thinking until Assasin's Creed Syndicate.

I recently tried Syndicate at ultra settings (pcss instead of pcss plus) even if I knew my R9 290x would not be able to deliver constant 60fps. But the game look so amazing that I was ready to sacrifice performance for quality. I started playing and my fps was hovering between 35-45fps( sometimes 60fps) in London. At first I was moaning, *****ing and I felt like quitting. Then I realize people on console play at 30fps and all of them are having fun. Because at the end, on a daily basis, most of us are gamer not bencher. We tend to forget about why we build amazing pc in the first place. I went in Catalyst, cap my framerate at 40fps and went back in the game. At first it felt slow, but after a couples of hours, i'm completely used to it and i'm having fun again.

I do agree that first shooter shooter need 60fps to be enjoyed (same with racing games), but a lot of games simply don't need it. How many games did I missed because of that 60 fps standard?
    
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People mistakenly quote "I cannot go back to XYZ framerate" as if that person was saying he could never play a 30fps game again.



That's when usually the discussions turn to hate. Its inaccurate, that person is usually referring to a "game session".





You can start a gaming session at 30fps and move to a 60fps game a few hours later, but not the other way around.


In a continuous gaming session, 30fps becomes unbearable after playing at 60, as 60 becomes unbearable after playing at 144.


But whatever the framerate you chose to play with, if you stick to it for the gaming session duration you will never not enjoy yourself. Its perfectly fine.
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Games on PC look like crap under 60fps simply because you usually don't have a constant framerate. The human eye is very sensible to this.
If you force 30 or 45 fps in a game you can't max at 60, you'll still have a great experience. 10 times better than having 60 then sometimes 55 then 50 then dips to 45-35 then back to 55-60.
     
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Nice! you are focusing on the main purpose of a videogame, and that is having fun.
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You should try 144hz gaming, once you do 60hz is untolerable.
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Agree. Tough on consoles,it really depends on the game. Not so long ago,when i snatched a PS3 to play a couple of exclusives,i also tried a free trial of Resident Evil 5.

And boy if that game was bad,like really bad at 30 FPS. Fast-paced games like that are a big no on 30 FPS. Funny thing is,i used to play the crap out of that. biggrin.gif

Infact,i don't know other FPS's but Call Of Duty has almost always run at 60 FPS on their Multiplayer part on consoles.

Then i played God Of War 3,Uncharted 1,2,3 and The Last Of Us and did not have any problems at all with 30 fps.

But i could notice that MGS4 was really choppy.

And then you have games like Fallout 3 wich not only don't run at 60 FPS,they even go lower than 30. That's a big problem on consoles. Certain games don't even reach 30 FPS.
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Originally Posted by outofmyheadyo View Post

You should try 144hz gaming, once you do 60hz is untolerable.

This. Once you go above that 60Hz, you can't just go back, even desktop is so much smoother at 100+Hz compared to 60Hz, I can't stand the feeling of the choppy mouse on desktop with 60Hz.
Games are even more of a difference, they are just so smooth, 60 FPS is so last season.
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You should try 144hz gaming, once you do 60hz is untolerable.

You should try 165Hz gaming. 144Hz is a choppy mess afterwards, completely unplayable.
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4k 60Hz. Once you experience gaming at 4k nothing less will do. biggrin.gif
     
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4k 60Hz. Once you experience gaming at 4k nothing less will do. biggrin.gif

Enjoy your input lag, motion blur and 30 fps smile.gif
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