Need For Speed Rivals Stuck In 3rd Gear On PC

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:22 AM
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It seems EA’s upcoming racer has a need for speed and its coming up short. After we brought you the news that Need For Speed: Rivals would be capped at 30FPS, it turns out that developer Ghost Games wasn’t just referring to the console versions of the high-speed racer.

You might well have a hugely expensive rig capable of churning out countless numbers of frames, but it seems Ghost Games would prefer PC gamers sticking to the slow lane for now…

In a game that’s all about lightning-fast reaction times and fuel-injected gameplay, a low framerate could mean the difference between cruising over that checkered line or plunging your million-dollar drive headlong over a cliff-face.

Users who have bought the title for PC immediately checked out the graphical settings to look at Ghost Games handiwork, and were disappointed to see the crippling frame rates.

Back in August Ghost Games’ Marcus Nillson explained why Need For Speed: Rivals would be running at a locked 30FPS, but it was presumed this wouldn’t necessarily be the case for the PC versions. Nillson said; “It’s a choice we made to be able to push what we believe is really important for our typical gamer: get a lot of things happening on the screen at the same time. So in this case we’ve prioritized the gameplay, because we think 30fps is giving a satisfactory experience.

Need For Speed: Rivals runs on the same Frostbite 3 engine powering the 64-player online shooter Battlefield 4, so it’s unclear why Ghost Games wouldn't leave the ball in the player’s court when it came to their graphical experience. AMD has made quite the fuss about its Mantle API and the optimisations made for the Frostbite 3 engine, so why the developers didn’t allow gamers to stretch their PC’s muscles is anybody’s guess.

What do you make of the capped framerates cropping up in EA titles?

Do you think there's any valid reason why you shouldn't be able to customise your gaming performance experience?

Be sure to let us know below!

 

 

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15:52 Nov-20-2013

Thanks GD for posting this article because I was on my way to origin to purchase that 30fps Next Gen game, 60 bucks saved.

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16:02 Nov-20-2013

I think it's conspiracy to get everybody to shift to consoles or just to get our goats. They didn't cap the FPS in most wanted 2012 so why are they doing it now?
In my opinion, Most wanted 2012 at 60 FPS was much better than The run, which was also capped to 30 FPS. In all the older releases of NFS which I have played, they never did anything like this.

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16:19 Nov-20-2013

it was capped in MW, but was fixed in a patch

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08:45 Nov-20-2013

I like the title of the article..:P

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07:43 Nov-20-2013

haha still want to try the game but not buying it..just gonna download it.

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08:15 Nov-20-2013

do i smell piracy?

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08:16 Nov-20-2013

Are you referring to piracy?

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08:19 Nov-20-2013

Haha

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12:58 Nov-20-2013

ÃŽn origin you can actually try the game for up to 24hrs.. They give you the money back if you don't like it.. Pretty cool..

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13:19 Nov-20-2013

hmmm that's quite interesting, is it 24 hours since first play or since purchase ?

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13:33 Nov-20-2013

First play..I think.. There's a few conditions obviously..They call it best game guarantee or something :-D

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04:02 Nov-20-2013

Disappointing decision by EA. I guess I will just stick to my old NFS Most Wanted. This game really didn't seem all that next-gen to me by the way and capping the frame rate, well that's just a bummer!

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03:42 Nov-20-2013

Hahah I lose fate in EA Games a long time now the ownly racing game I play that they have is NFS Most Wanted & Carbon that game neve just old to me ^_^ have it on PC and PS2

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23:32 Nov-19-2013

EA does it again. First Battlefield 4, then Need For Speed and now with a crappy basketball game. Soon they will need a Humble Bundle every 3 months to survive. Serves them right.

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21:46 Nov-19-2013

They destroy the Need for Speed ​​series :S
Everything is just arcade racing without any kind of story!
+the graphics is very ugly -_-
Where is NFS Underground/Underground 2 and Most wanted(the old one)???
play at 30 fps is terrible unplayable :@

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07:07 Nov-20-2013

that's why I'm working on Underground 3 free racing game project :D

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07:42 Nov-20-2013

They destroy everything..NFS series, Medal of Honor series soon Battlefield series.

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05:57 Nov-21-2013

that kinda already happened with BF3.......

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06:20 Nov-21-2013

I gotta admit I didn't like BF3 much but I like BF4 more.

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18:15 Nov-21-2013

ya so did I.

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20:06 Nov-19-2013

its a racing game....the more frames the better -_-

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19:06 Nov-19-2013

At 30fps, the game would probably look more fast paced "action'y," which is what they likely trying to capture on all ends of gaming devices. Sadly they can still capture the same effect if they just increased the FOV without sacrificing the frame rate, but we all know that implementing an FOV slider for the PC version of a game is just asking for waaaaaay too much.

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02:44 Nov-20-2013

"At 30 FPS, the game would probably look more fast paced 'action'y'". How? A. There are less frames being displayed resulting in the game naturally looking slower and B, the game is less responsive. This makes no sense.

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18:41 Nov-19-2013

sry for the lovers but i think nfs rivals is completely a bag of s**t neither the graphics nor the gameplay excited me it's worser than the previous one...(ı didn't get it luckily :) i played it in my friend)

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17:56 Nov-19-2013

Would you buy a 780 or PS4....just want to know what you would buy I'm not asking for world war 3

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18:05 Nov-19-2013

I'm buying a 780 xD

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02:40 Nov-20-2013

780, because lol why use a gamepad? :P

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07:00 Nov-20-2013

I bought GTX770 ;)

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17:48 Nov-19-2013

hopefully I read this in time, i'm not buying the game unless they release a fix =S
30fps was unplayable in Most wanted 2012

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17:04 Nov-19-2013

You mainly notice lag when FPS DROPS to 30FPS, not when it starts on 30FPS and stays there, it will feel slightly sluggish, but a racer doesn't need as quick reactions as a shooter anyway, so all's well in my opinion.

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02:38 Nov-20-2013

Sigh it's different for everyone, but I've personally been PC gaming for 3 years (which is what's on my profile), console and stuff long before that. When I switched to PC, I never looked back because as soon as I saw the difference between 60 and 30, I just never wanted to play a console game again. I bought Arkham Asylum for PS3 and never finished it because the 30 FPS was so horribly unplayable for me. State what your game experience is like if you want, nobody's going to stop you from doing that, but please don't attempt to tell me what I can and cannot notice.

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15:42 Nov-20-2013

Highly noticeable. I've been playing Max Payne 3 and Sleeping Dogs on PC until GTA 5s release. When I first played gta 5 on PS3 I really couldn't play it _frames were horrible.

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16:41 Nov-19-2013

LOOOOOL, obvious reason is that they think people wil buy new console because of same fps :P
so good news for me, thank you EA, I was worried that my "Underground 3" project might be endangered by epicness of new NFS, but this bunch of assholes didn't surprise me again...

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16:33 Nov-19-2013

i dont get it ...the blu ray movies i download are usually at 23.996 fps ..
anything above 24 is theoretically useless..!AND will not affect how the game looks in any way..!
THen why the fuss..?

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16:37 Nov-19-2013

games are based on pixels rendered at that same moment unlike preloaded frames in movies which are just played out like an audio tape.
You wont notice any difference between 60 fps and 30 fps when a cutscene is playing as that is essentially that audio tape type playing of data stored on the harddrive but when it comes to actually controlling an object on screen, a higher fps will give higher smoothness and thus control.

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16:43 Nov-19-2013

Huh..Thanx for the info..!
well even if...there has got to be a point where more fps is a waste of processing power..!
right..???

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16:45 Nov-19-2013

usually 60 fps is a good limit
but for some games higher fps will do wonders for control
like in CS 1.6, 100 fps and 60 fps have a lot of difference

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22:43 Nov-19-2013

actually it depends on frame delay, if the frames are changed after regular periods human eye sees those as smooth, that's why pre-rendered 29.97fps movie looks smoother than game running at 50fps suffering frame drops :)

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16:39 Nov-19-2013

Play a game at 30 fps and then 60fps and tell me you cannot see the difference, especially shooters.
I cringe when i play at 30fps now (i was an xbox player for a few years due to financial restrictions) if i have a bash on the old box now it feels like laggy slow motion.

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13:25 Nov-19-2013

i am dissapointed. someone enlighten me pls. wont this cause the game to lag? when i am running a game at 30 fps it feels quite laggy to say at least.

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14:51 Nov-19-2013

30 fps was quite comfortable in NFS MW 2012
It should be here too
But it might not be enough for some

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15:54 Nov-19-2013

ssssso... i thought you feel lag whenever the fps of the game is lower than your monitor's but according to your sayings i am probably terribly msitaken :p

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15:58 Nov-19-2013

then all of my games should lag :P. That happens only when the fps you are getting is below 60 and you have turned on Vsync. Then a lag will appear for most games. Normal fps with no Vsync is comfortable in the above 40 region and playable in the above 25 region

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16:19 Nov-19-2013

!! right i forgot about the damn v-sync since i have it on almost all the time :P. Thanks for explaining this to me.

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15:41 Nov-19-2013

30 is what current gen uses and is peftectly playable, it is below about 27 that noticeable lag kicks in, just pray for no fps drops.

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13:17 Nov-19-2013

Removing restrictions FPS: Append to the properties of a shortcut:-GameTime.MaxSimFps 60

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14:17 Nov-19-2013

Works, but the game runs 2x faster

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17:46 Nov-19-2013

lol, nfs rivals, chuck norris edition xD

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12:04 Nov-19-2013

thank god i didn't preorded rivals :p

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11:32 Nov-19-2013

After Need for speed the run, they fixed this issue with most wanted 2012, then why are they doing this now? That's unreasonable.

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12:58 Nov-19-2013

funny thing about NFS franchise that past games were developed by different companies.. that's why they are so different in so many ways.. check last 4-5 NFS you will be shocked. all made by different people.

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11:31 Nov-19-2013

If this helps in reducing the hardware requirements of the game then I'm happy at 30fps

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