Tips and Tricks to See FPS Counter of Running PC Game

FPS Counter

One of my gamer friends was discussing FPS Counter with me, and I couldn’t understand a single word! I am a rookie in the video gaming world, so, the term was nothing less than an alien language. However, I came back home and researched about FPS, and I was surprised to see its potential for a smooth gameplay experience!

What is FPS?

Frames Per Second or FPS is a popular term in videography and photography. Guess what! Today’s games and their graphics are nothing but an advanced videography. So, it has become massively popular among gamers. If your FPS is too low, the gameplay will suffer (You may lower your settings to gain better visuals) and, on the flipside, the consistently high FPS (60 FPS is optimal) allows you to shoot up your settings for a better eye-pleasing experience.

It was pretty tough to check the PC game’s FPS before, but now, it’s easier than ever with FPS counter in hand! Steam has incorporated a built-in FPS display lately, and the same goes with NVIDIA Geforce Experience software and FRAPS (in case you’re not using NVIDIA or Steam) or RadeonPro. Even various other tools are also available to help you monitor FPS! After locating the exact FPS result, you can work on to make it better.

Below are the ways to display FPS through FPS Counter:

Steam

The famous video game development company Valve Corporation has recently added a feature to Steam’s in-game overlay, namely, In-game FPS Counter. This single addition will display the FPS on your running game’s screen. Here’s how to activate it.

1. Go to Settings menu on Steam

Steam FPS Counter step 1
Go to Settings menu on Steam

2. Click on the In-Game tab on the left-hand side

Steam FPS Counter step 2
Click on the In-Game tab on the left-hand side

3. Click on the In-game FPS Counter tab and select your desired position for FPS to display

Steam FPS Counter step 3
Click on the In-game FPS Counter tab and select your desired position for FPS to display

You are all set for the FPS position. Now, you can find the small and unobtrusive FPS on the positioned corner of your choice.

Non-Steam Games:

You can go for non-steam FPS Counter as well. Here’s how to activate the FPS.

1. Open Games menu

Non-Steam FPS Counter step 1
Open Games menu

2. Click on ‘Add a non-steam game to my library’ to add a non-Steam game to the Steam Library

Non-Steam FPS Counter step 2
Click on ‘Add a non-steam game to my library’ to add a non-Steam game to the Steam Library

Launch the game. The overlay should work depending on the game

Note: You may modify the color contrast of the FPS by checking the box right under the Counter location. If you don’t have the option, update your Steam client!

NVIDIA GeForce Experience

NVIDIA FPS Counter is also a popular solution to display the FPS. The modern NVIDIA graphics hardware with ShadowPlay (NVIDIA’s screen hardware accelerated screen recording tool) support can use the In-Game FPS Counter via GeForce Experience app of NVIDIA [Download GeForce Experience Here]. There are two methods to enable the FPS feature. Below are the tricks.

Method 1

1. Click the share icon from the menu in the app

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 1 Step 1
Click the share icon from the menu in the app

2. Now, click on the Settings icon

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 1 Step 2
click on the Settings icon

3. Click on the Overlays button after entering into the Settings

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 1 Step 3
Click on the Overlays button after entering into the Settings

4. Once you’re into the Overlays window, click on the FPS Counter button. Now click one of the four quadrants to define the FPS position

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 1 Step 4
click on the FPS Counter button and select position

Now, FPS should be displaying on the positioned place

Method 2

1. Go to the Preferences tab

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 2 Step 1
Go to the Preferences tab

2. Select ShadowPlay located on the left menu

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 2 Step 2
Select ShadowPlay located on the left menu

3. Click on the FPS Counter and select your preferred position from the four quadrants

NVIDIA FPS Counter Method 2 Step 3
Click on FPS Counter and select position

Now you can see the FPS counter on the selected position during a gameplay

Note: You can also use NVIDIA’s game profiles to access the NVIDIA-recommended settings to find the best settings for a smooth gameplay based on your graphics card. You don’t need to tweak or test a game’s graphics in the traditional procedure with NVIDIA’s gaming optimization.

RadeonPro

Are you an AMD Radeon user? Guess what! Radeon graphics card has developed a tool equivalent to GeForce Experience tool for the AMD Radeon users to display the FPS Counter, namely, RadeonPro! To make AMD FPS Counter function correctly, here are the methods needed to be followed.

1. Go to the settings by selecting the Settings menu

RadeonPro AMD FPS Counter Step 1
Go to the settings by selecting the Settings menu

2. Click on the FPS tab

RadeonPro AMD FPS Counter Step 2
Click on the FPS tab

3. Select the preferable position and hotkey

RadeonPro AMD FPS Counter Step 3
Select the preferable position and hotkey

FRAPS

Until FPS was implemented on Steam and GeForce Experience, gamers used to use FRAPS (mainly a game video recording app) for the FPS display. FRAPS is one of the most famous tools to display FPS using OpenGL or DirectX graphics technology. If you don’t have Steam or NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience and in-built FPS Counter option, FRAPS can be a reliable option for you. Here are the steps to use this.

1. Install FRAPS and launch it

2. Click on the FPS tab

FRAPS FPS Counter Step 1
Above image is from FRAPS. Click on the FPS tab

3. Select the overlay position. Toggle the overlay on and off by pressing F12

FRAPS FPS Counter Step 2
Select the overlay position

Go to the Settings tab located on the right side of FPS tab to change the Hotkey, choose different screen corner or hide the overlay. Benchmark tests, screenshots are also the remarkable features of FRAPS.

Game’s Built-in Options

Other than using an external tool or software, you can still enable FPS Counter if a game has built-in options. The options may be hard to find varying from one game to another. The easiest way to discover whether a game has built-in options is to search on the internet with the game’s name followed by “Show FPS”. Here are the methods to enable built-in FPS in a game.

Video or Graphics Options

Go to the video or graphics settings screen of the game. You may find Show FPS option there or behind the Advanced submenu.

Keyboard Shortcut

In games such as Minecraft, tapping F3 button gives you access to the debug screen showing FPS value and other details. So, search for the keyboard shortcut.

Console Commands

Some of the most popular games include a built-in console to type commands. You may have to enable the console from special startup to access it (depending on the game). If you’re playing DOTA 2, you can run ‘cl_showfps 1’ command from developer console (after allowing it) to activate the FPS Counter on screen.

Startup

At times, a special startup option is required to launch certain games. Modification of the game’s desktop and Start menu shortcut can get the job done. You can change the options from Properties in Steam or Origin.

Configuration Files

In certain cases, perhaps you have to enable some options hidden behind configuration files. It has immense benefits to offer. For instance, if you are playing DOTA 2, modifying the game’s autoexec.cfg will allow the game to automatically run the ‘cl_showfps’ 1 command every time the game starts.

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Abhirup Ghosh

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