Track FPS in Your Games With These Apps
Cyberpunk 2077 is a real game and it will crush your frame rate (FPS) if you want to experience it in all its gorgeous ray tracing, high definition and gorgeous beauty. I sincerely sympathize with you Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players;you must be having a hard time . Cyberpunk 2077 punishes PC users as well, but at least we can see how severe the damage is with a little graphical overlap with our frame rates.
For example, if you purchased Cyberpunk 2077 from GOG and are playing it on Windows, you should usually be able to press Shift + CTRL + Tab to display the GOG Galaxy’s frame per second counter . However, if that doesn’t work, you’ll have to try a different approach. And you have a lot to choose from.
The simplest FPS counter you can invoke comes directly with Windows 10. Start Game Mode by pressing Windows Key + G and then you should see a “performance” field which – after some administrative access and a system restart – will give you a handy counter FPS and graphics.
Use the pin icon to pin it on top of your gameplay, even if it might be a little distracting.
How to enable the FPS counter on Steam
Of course, there are many other apps that can give you an FPS counter as well. If you are playing a game that you downloaded from Steam , simply enable the overlay via Steam> Settings> In Game :
Make sure you turn on the FPS counter in the game and choose a location for it. When you do this, it should look like this, no matter what you are playing:
If you haven’t purchased the game on Steam and would like to use the Steam overlay to track your FPS, go ahead and install the game however you want. Then add it to Steam manually via Games> Add Non-Steam Game to My Library . You should now be able to access the Steam overlay and check your frame rate.
How to enable FPS counter in AMD / Nvidia applications
If you have installed AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce software , you can also enable in-game FPS counters through any application. I don’t have an AMD card so I can’t walk you directly through the process, but this video does a great job of showing where you will find the Metrics Overlay option that you can use to get your in-game FPS counter – in the AMD Adrenalin software. (Spoiler: Found under the Performance tab.)
Also make sure you are running your games in full screen and not windowed mode for the overlay to show.
In Nvidia GeForce Experience, open the general settings for the app and make sure you enable its in-game overlay.
Then click the Settings button, select HUD Layout> FPS Counter and turn it on. It’s that simple and in your games it will look like this:
Other ways to get FPS counters for your games
There are tons of other applications you can use to get the FPS counter for your favorite games, as well as tons of other information about your system and / or graphics card. Classic Fraps comes to mind – also useful if you want to take quick screenshots of your gameplay, but not an app that’s really optimized for recording as it was last updated in 2013. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations for both Rivatuner and MSI. Afterburner , reliable all-in-one solutions for adding useful overlays to your games, and third-party Razer software, Cortex . Your graphics card manufacturer may even have their own application, like the EVGA Precision X1 , that you can use to create overlays.
Other than that , your game may even have a built-in FPS counter that you can use, saving you the hassle of messing around with any other apps in general. Check your game settings to see if any options are available. You will probably find it, if somewhere, in the settings of your game “Video” or “Graphics”.
If you’re lucky, your game will even have a test mode, so you can get an idea of how your system can perform without needing a small counter to run on top of your game. However, it’s always nice to have this number in the corner of your screen, especially if you’re wondering how different points in the game can push your system to the limit.