Quake Champions Is A PC Exclusive So There Are No Console Limitations

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 12:47 PM
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If you listened carefully there were some murmurings of discontent when id Software and Bethesda announced Quake Champions at E3 2016. It’s not coming to console in any shape or form you see, arriving as a PC exclusive because on the world's most powerful gaming platforms there are “No excuses and no limitations.”

That’s exactly what we like to hear. Much ado was made about id Software bumping up Quake Champions’ refresh rate to 120Hz, a key contributor to why it’s coming to PC. 120Hz just isn’t possible on consoles, which are typically linked up to 60Hz TVs.

"That's why it's a PC game. No excuses. No limitations," said creative director Tim Willits.

"It's everything from input sampling of the mouse to making sure that your monitor refresh rate is fast enough," he went on to explain "Because even with Quake Live, we have found throughout the years that going from 30 to 60 is huge, but even 60 to 120 is noticeable.

"Most of us, and even me, I can't really tell the difference. But there are some players who are inhuman. And we can't come out and say we're going to make a game for them and not run ridiculously fast. Because if we lose the pro guys, we're in trouble."

So there you have it, id Software believes those limited to using a console won’t be able to compete at the highest end. For PC gamers it means no concessions to consoles, so could this be the return of the arena shooter that we’ve been waiting for? Whatever the case, I think it's time I splashed out on a new monitor...

Source: Gamespot

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21:14 Jun-30-2016

While I do disagree with fists of fury that "there are some players who are inhuman" that see the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz (you'd have to be legally blind not to notice that jump! No need to call regular folk "inhuman"...) - I do like me some PC exclusives.


No Limits. No excuses.

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00:35 Jul-01-2016

I'm not sure I'd notice tbh.... I've had 30FPS gaming experiences that seemed butter smooth, and if not for a frame counter I'd never have known they weren't running at 60..... then again my focus has always been more on PVE/PVM.

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00:38 Jul-01-2016

Maybe competitive types are more discerning of differences in frame rates.... not really for me.... I tend to hate competition in online games, so completely avoid mobas and online shooters.

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09:43 Jul-01-2016

I don't play online games and ESPECIALLY mobas either, but I still prefer sickly-high framerates in singleplayer games too. It's just glorious and such a pleasure to play that way! Especially since I can display up to 165Hz (with G-Sync) on my screen.

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20:42 Jun-30-2016

If I get used to playing a game at a frame rate in the range of 100+ it feels really laggy if it drops to 60fps XD

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21:16 Jun-30-2016

Yep. I have a pair of 75Hz screens at work and my home screen is 165Hz. When I'm at work I'm forced to witness a lagfest xD

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16:35 Jun-30-2016

well, im still gonna aim for 60fps ultra rather than 120fps medium because i don't see much of a difference either even after overclocking the display.

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15:16 Jun-30-2016

Well there is a slight difference playing on 120Hz opposed to playing 60 or 75Hz, but just a tiny slight difference. I'm glad Quake is a PC Exclusive. Just remove the class system or make it a minor feature with minor differences and if it means a new Quake Live, I'm the happiest bloke on the planet.

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17:59 Jun-30-2016

I would most certainly not say it is slight. But then again it may be different for you as, well, all humans are different. But anyways, imo after having recently been forced to my laptop after a motherboard malfunction, After essentially been downgraded from my 120hz monitor to my 60hz laptop monitor to which...

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18:00 Jun-30-2016

there is a noticeable difference. Nothing to throw me off gaming, but it is most certainly is noticeable and makes me realize what i have been taking for granted

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21:18 Jun-30-2016

Not "slight" at all! Everything is twice as responsive and smooth it's like night and day!
Overclocking my laptop's screen from 60Hz to 110Hz was the best thing I've done to it and now owning a 165Hz screen - 75Hz screens at work look like bad lag!

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14:51 Jun-30-2016

This can be good or bad... as it says “No excuses". if it bombs then they take all the heat with no convenient scapegoat as consoles have become

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14:48 Jun-30-2016

"It's everything from input sampling of the mouse to making sure that your monitor refresh rate is fast enough,"


But I have a 144hz monitor, so it seems like it will be limited.

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14:47 Jun-30-2016

"Most of us, and even me, I can't really tell the difference. But there are some players who are inhuman."
That's precisely what i think about that matter. While i never had a 120hz monitor myself for money reasons, i have had the chance to test them a few times. The difference didn't seem to worth the money to me. Be mindful that i am not saying "Human eye can't see above "x" FPS." but "My eyes can't see big enough difference, if yours can it is fine.".

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17:39 Jun-30-2016

Finally someone else who gets it! thanks for saying that capt. I can see slight differences between 60hz and 144hz or 120hz but not terrible different, but also accept the fact that others may just have better eyes than me

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13:48 Jun-30-2016

If you only play on console, but you want this game, suck it up and buy a pc like the rest of us!

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13:45 Jun-30-2016

60 -> 120 really is just as noticeable as 30 -> 60 imo.

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13:53 Jun-30-2016

I've never experienced 60-120 but to me 30-60 is very very obvious

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15:19 Jun-30-2016

30 to 60 is noticable, 60 to 120 is not. I remember playing the oldies that were all capped at 30 FPS, then came 60 which was huge, then 120 that was "meh, nothing much".

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15:44 Jun-30-2016

Depends on the person. To me, 60 and 120 are night and day. Vision differs from person to person, some might not be able to see 60 or above too well, some can, just how sight is.

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21:27 Jun-30-2016

Overclocked my laptop's display from 60Hz to 110Hz and that was the most awesome thing I've ever done. So much so that I now own a 165Hz G-Sync display on this new rig. It's like night and day, as TheMagicGuy says. And now at work the 75Hz displays I have to use are a lagfest...

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04:12 Jul-01-2016

sorry for going a bit off-topic but I never knew you could overclock your monitor.Is it only for certain types and how do you do it?

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09:52 Jul-01-2016

You can indeed. Most desktop monitors will go up to 80 or so Hz with some Korean panels able to go all the way up to 120Hz+ and laptop screens going up to 100-180Hz.
It's just a bunch of software that you need. I'll make a guide soon, as people have requested I make a tutorial quite a few times now. Or I can explain to you personally over skype/Steam chat as I have for a few members here :)

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10:16 Jul-01-2016

I would appreciate that.What's your steam name?

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10:46 Jul-01-2016

It's on my GD profile, lol. But it's AstroAss, same avatar (Hellgate templar) as here.

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10:48 Jul-01-2016

ah ok.Sorry,I forgot you can check on your profile

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10:56 Jul-01-2016

No worries, happens :)

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