Up For Debate - Do you prefer better graphics or more FPS in single player games?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Feb 21, 2021 5:00 PM
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Graphics or FPS? It’s the ultimate debate that any PC user will have when launching a brand new game, or at least if you have some low-mid range hardware especially. Do you sacrifice a bit of your frame rate for those delicious graphics? Or do you live with reduced graphics quality in order to get a smoother FPS experience? Let’s debate!

Obviously when it comes to multiplayer titles you’ll want to focus more on your FPS so you can get better reaction timing and make sure you don’t die. But single player games - especially ones like RPGs - usually don’t require a huge amount of FPS in order to fully enjoy the experience.

Of course there are still some single player games that require higher frame rates in order to enjoy them more - like Hades for example which relies on quick thinking and fast reflexes, would benefit from more FPS than simply upping the resolution/graphics settings (not that you can improve the graphics settings that much in the game anyway).

But even games like Cyberpunk 2077 can easily be played comfortably at 30fps, even if you don’t like a frame rate that low, you can still play the game without noticing a significant impact on your own personal performance in-game. So for a game like that, you may want to sacrifice your FPS a little to have an even more immersive experience with better graphics.

Assassins Creed: Valhalla is another example, where playing below 60fps is not exactly a death sentence, and so some wiggle room for better graphics is perfectly fine.

If you have a seriously high-end graphics card like the RTX 3080, then chances are this debate won't matter much to you since you can play most modern games at 4K 60fps already. However, if you do prefer to drop down to 1440p so you can get 120fps instead in some games then do let us know! We’d love to hear your experience!

So what do you prefer? Do you like better graphics or more FPS in single player games? And why? What games do you tend to prefer better graphics? And what games do you prefer to have more FPS? Let’s debate!

Do you prefer better graphics or more FPS in single player games?

What is the lowest FPS you're happy with in single player games?

Does better graphics increase immersion for you?

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17:20 Feb-23-2021

i remember when i was a lil one i used to lower res as low as i can to run biohazard4 smooth 40fps haha

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10:06 Feb-22-2021

I forgot to mention that not all 'best settings' are created equal, sometimes it suits the fps because some added features are useless anyway , a little to blurred or whatever,case in point 'RDR2' ifu have everything set highest,looks worse

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10:02 Feb-22-2021

well if you have my 'rig' you can have both but 4 to 5 graphics, but im not playing in 50fps has to be 59 -65 fps but il settle for 56 if its apt. but usually i can have what i want in hdr 4k i have the best gpu and monitor available

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10:06 Feb-22-2021

Clicking through your profile shows a 3090, but hovering over your profile here shows a 1080. I think you might need to edit the rig the "old-fashioned" way to make it show (known bug on GD, work in progress)

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10:15 Feb-22-2021

this site oh boy, how the hell do i do that? "old-fashioned"

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11:28 Feb-22-2021

I'd try going here and then in the "My Rig" section (on the left column) press "edit PC". Let's see if that solves it!

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08:10 Mar-01-2021

nope because my 3090 is alREADY chosen in the edit. i cannot do any more on that left hand column

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18:25 Feb-22-2021

Yeah i was like huh? 1080 153% better than my gpu? it cant be xD

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08:14 Feb-22-2021

Why not both?

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07:23 Feb-22-2021

Graphics are literally the most important thing for gaming. But yes i must confess that nothing beats silky smoothness from high FPS. And there is a point of demolishing returns but even that is necessary so that it can be worked on and opt

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07:26 Feb-22-2021

optimised for the future. like to be honest The only game after CRYSIS 3 which itself is just a better looking version of Crysis 2 with lots of really high quality vegetation and Volumetrics and particle effects and amplified Lighting with

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07:29 Feb-22-2021

Really High Resolution Textures. the only game since then to blow me visually speaking is Red Dead Redemption 2 and the snow effects from Steep and Rise Of Tomb Raider. everything since has sorta been good but sorta in the same league. Sinc

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07:31 Feb-22-2021

since then what i have learned is Great graphics are beautiful and all but if you have a really gorgeous Art Direction then that really blows the mind. To be honest Cloudpunk is a very immersive game and its bloody polygons look at Destiny

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07:34 Feb-22-2021

its nowhere near being a Technological Gaming Tech Marvel but its gorgeous. but since i got a 144hz monitor holy **** Gaming has changed for me I no longer care about Crazy beautiful Effects and other than Physics+Volumetric Fog+Shadows

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04:14 Feb-22-2021

I've been with a 650 ti and 1050 ti before and yeah d pain is real to reduce settings for FPS.. Perhaps for the first time in not in this dilemma

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02:08 Feb-22-2021

Graphics, i dont really care if it is running at 30 fps as long as it stays above 30 im good, i dont play competitive games (because i suck and also find them boring, just doing the same over and over again for hours is really not my cup of tea).But now that im upgrading in the upcoming months maybe 60 fps will be my new minimum standard.

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04:15 Feb-22-2021

All d best with d upgrade

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00:00 Feb-22-2021

I prefer graphics but I do get disappointed when I don't hit minimum 60fps at 4k

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22:17 Feb-21-2021

well i played through cyberpunk with around 45fps. I feel like when i play a game at lower than 60fps i play it longer.

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23:32 Feb-21-2021

Why do you think that is

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22:04 Feb-21-2021

160-180fps is my minimum

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22:18 Feb-21-2021

so you only play old and lightweight games. cuz i cant see your pc playing many games at that fps.

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22:20 Feb-21-2021

Actually not at all. I just use the absolute lowest settings, playing at 1080x1080. Handling most of the newest games just fine with those fps I want

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04:11 Feb-22-2021

Absolute lowest? And u have a titan

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18:34 Feb-22-2021

That is the most bizarre thing I've ever read... bought a Titan Xp to play at 1080x1080 square at lowest settings O_O

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20:05 Feb-22-2021

Lmao true. I originally bought it for my 3D work as I can use the extra power. But ever since I started using my 240hz screen I cannot stand anything below 160fps in games, so I had to adjust. I guess I just got too spoiled.

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21:14 Feb-22-2021

I in part also buy GPUs for 3D rendering (FStorm rules!), but even though I have a 165Hz display - I want a balance of res and fps, so I end up playing at 4K, 5K, even 8K and 10K sometimes - I try to target around 90fps for most games, more for shooters. If the GPU handles it - I up the res! :D

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21:56 Feb-21-2021

Why not both ???
Looks soo good on 144hz :D

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22:18 Feb-21-2021

yeah mr luckypants not everyone has a 3080 atm

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04:12 Feb-22-2021

3080 for 1080p ..overkill. Heck even my 3070 is

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04:33 Feb-22-2021

Hm i dont think so mate...
For old games yes ton of fps.
But new not so much..
Also i dont play only sp games in other competetive titles the more fps you have the better...

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21:01 Feb-21-2021

Ever since my monitor upgrade. I've been perfectly content to play the game on a Low Preset so long as I can have triple digit frame rates. I will not do 60 unless the game is unplayable at high frame rates. CyberPunk was an interesting play through. I settled for 50 fps which is all my system could handle at my native resolution. Lots of motion sickness..

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21:09 Feb-21-2021

Cyberpunk drops well below 60 on my system too sometimes. G-Sync helps a lot and I personally don't suffer from motion sickness unless I deliberately try to do something stupid in VR (like if I stand in place while moving the game character erratically using the controller - the brain can't help but get confused).

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02:12 Feb-22-2021

I just couldnt get 50 fps avg even on lowest settings 1080p, even droping the res to 720p and lowest settings wont give me a smooth 60 fps experience, always drops to 42 tho i get an avg of 68 it is really distracting when fps drop that much, it is just badly optimized

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07:33 Feb-22-2021

Yep, drops to the 40s here as well. Something to do with the crowd simulation, I think. Lowering the crowds setting helps with minimum fps, but the city becomes even more dead...

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20:56 Feb-21-2021

I didn't vote because "mix/both" isn't an option.
It's very simple:
1) Is it an online shooter? If yes - max fps I can get within my refresh rate (165Hz). If not - go to #2.
2) For SP, I want smooth fps and reasonably latency-free mouse controls. In some games you need a higher fps for that, in some - lower. But 90 or so fps is a good ballpark figure.
3) From here - I will keep increasing the resolution and tweaking fps-tanking settings until I hit a spot where I get satisfactory fps. For some games it will be 4K, for some 5K, for some even 8K+.

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21:02 Feb-21-2021

That being said, for a long time I had machines that are able to deliver BOTH high fps (90+) and a high resolution (4K+), so I'm in a position where I don't need to sacrifice anything to get an enjoyable experience. This freedom costs a lot of money, naturally.
Back when I didn't have the money to tailor the gaming experience this way - I'd be much pickier about balancing visuals and framerate and I would outright skip some games until a later time, because I didn't want to ruin the experience with low settings/fps. Nothing wrong with waiting.

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02:13 Feb-22-2021

what monitor are u using @xquatrox?

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07:32 Feb-22-2021

Currently an Acer Predator XB127HU (27" 1440p 165Hz IPS G-Sync)

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20:43 Feb-21-2021

For me, it is bit of a mix, I want to have 60FPS average, so till that point I will prioritize FPS, beyond that graphics, because I don't care about FPS that badly. Unless it gets bit dire and I have to go to very low settings, then I mostly will switch to graphics and see if I can get away with medium. So basically till medium, graphics are priority, then hitting 60FPS.

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20:46 Feb-21-2021

And with most games today, medium already looks fine, yes high usually looks better, but not that much. And ultra mostly is just for screenshots anyway. But with low it is where things start looking way worse, so priorities shift a bit. Though it might also be bit game dependent. Like some games, especially with stylized graphics, don't look that bad on low or maybe with mix of few higher stuff.

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20:16 Feb-21-2021

frame rate for any game can't play below 40 fps.

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19:20 Feb-21-2021

definitely graphics for SP and FPS for MP

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19:14 Feb-21-2021

First person : can't play below 40 FPS
3rd person: 30 fps is ok

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18:41 Feb-21-2021

As a gamer who used to play with athlon xp 1600+ and radeon x800 xt up until 2012, 30fps is the minimum even today and i dont have huge issues playing at consistent 30fps. It also adds to that because i use controller most of the time and thumbsticks are not as sensitive to fps as using a mouse. I used to have high refresh rate monitor but after a while i settled with 60hz because to me its just not worth to me.

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18:41 Feb-21-2021

60 fps minimum for me ever since quake 2!

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18:35 Feb-21-2021

depends on is it a first 1st or 3rd person, in 3rd i am fine with 30-40fps and as high graphics as it can be, but in 1st person i start feeling dizzy if fps gets under 45fps

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