It’s hard to believe, but playing with minimum settings sometimes can be very useful. If you’re studying a beginner’s guide to Fallout 1 tips or if you’re playing games professionally, good graphics are essential. While some companies offer graphics cards for a lot of money, we will look at the other side.
The golden rule of online games (especially shooters) is that you can never have too many FPS. Who are all these 144Hz monitors made for? For gamers, of course! However, not every video card can handle 144 Hz on ultra settings, even in Full-HD resolution.
The golden rule: lower settings mean higher FPS (and more frags by the end of the match)
Everything in a game depends on the frame rate, by the way. It’s not only about seeing the enemy as early as possible, even when it’s a matter of milliseconds. It’s also about the game reacting to input (keystrokes, mouse movements) as quickly as possible. In many games, input lag is directly related to framerate – the higher the framerate, the lower the input lag.
Experienced PUBG players are practicing decreasing image details. This is done not only for the sake of FPS increase, which is very important in PUBG – the game has very bad optimization at the moment. Yet, there is another reason – the visibility of the enemy. With poor detailing, the density of various vegetation – primarily grass – is seriously reduced. At the same time, the game continues to fairly draw enemy models at any distance.
It’s practically cheating – you can lie down in the grass yourself, turn the low detail and see everyone around, while they are unlikely to notice the shooter playing on higher settings.
Low detail in PUBG not only increases FPS but also contributes to better visibility of the enemies.
“Cartoonish” graphics help you navigate Firewatch better.
Take the same Firewatch, which forces the player to navigate the first part of the game using a compass and a non-interactive map. With the most realistic graphics possible, this would be harder than the game has.
Less Energy Consumption
In some countries, it is not quite acceptable to think about power consumption, except when you use portable equipment (like laptops). Still, minimal graphics settings will not only help you pay less at the end of the month but also make your computer quieter and cooler. This is a good solution during hot summers and when everyone sleeps at home.
In some cases, it’s even possible to run games on the video card built into the processor. If your main video card breaks all of a sudden, and you’re waiting for a replacement, this can be a temporary solution to the problem.
How can You Give a Low Score to Such a Game?
Yes, you can say that while the game’s authors sweated over the graphics, we still offer to check this with a simple test. Try adjusting the settings to minimum graphics, and play. Will that affect the game? If it does not, then it is definitely a good game. If it does, unfortunately, the graphics are poor. Though we are not able to pass this test on consoles, we can do it on PC.
At the beginning of the article, we’ve already noted that many online gamers would gladly give up ultra graphics to get the best FPS possible. But it’s not just about the players – the developers are well aware that performance is more important in many cases. That’s why the same console games don’t shy away from dynamic resolution in order to maintain 60 FPS. Speaking of the last generation of consoles, many shooters ran at 30 FPS, and even with slumps, but lately everything has changed.
Take, for instance, online shooters like Overwatch, Paladins, Fortnite. They have quite simple (although nice) graphics – given that the game works perfectly on older machines. For example, Paladins delivers a fair 60 FPS even on the Nintendo Switch. You’ll agree that it doesn’t really matter how well-designed your opponents’ sweat drops are when you are in the middle of the battle.