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How to activate the FPS counter in the game for Steam games

Most PC games offer a wide range of graphical options. These allow high-end computers to run the game at their best, while players with a less powerful computer can disable some graphical features for a smooth gaming experience.

Most players need to balance the graphical options they have enabled and the fluidity of the game. The key measure of a game’s smoothness is called frame rate, measured as “FPS” or frames per second. The standard frame rate for PC gaming is 60 FPS, as this is the maximum speed at which most monitors can display images. Some gaming monitors can run faster, with the fastest reaching 360Hz.

Tip: A monitor’s refresh rate is measured in Hz (pronounced Hertz). It is simply a measure of how many frames the monitor can display per second and is therefore directly comparable to the frame rate of a game.

One of the tools that can be particularly useful for a player configuring a game’s graphical options is an FPS counter. An FPS counter is an indicator of the game’s current frame rate. Frame rates will fluctuate as some scenes are more or less graphically intense than others. Ideally, you want your frame rate to stay above your monitor’s refresh rate at all times.

An FPS counter can help you tell if your FPS is too low because you have set your graphics options too high. It can also let you know that you have the leeway to enable more graphics options if your frame rate is higher than what your monitor can display.

How to activate the in-game FPS counter on Steam

To activate the FPS counter in the game, you must open the Steam settings. You can do this by clicking “Steam” in the top left corner of the main Steam window, then “Settings.”

Tip: Alternatively, if you’re in-game, you can open settings through the Steam overlay. Press Shift + Tab to open the overlay, then click “Settings” at the bottom center of the screen.

Open Steam Settings, either through the main Steam window or through the Steam overlay if you’re in-game.

Once in Steam settings, go to the “In-game” tab. From here you can activate the FPS counter by clicking on the drop-down box titled “In-game FPS counter.” You can set the FPS counter to be in any corner of the monitor or leave it off.

By default, the FPS counter will be light gray. This can sometimes be a little difficult to read, depending on the background. For easier reading, check “High Contrast Color” just below the drop-down list. Enabling high contrast color will give the meter a bright green color which should be very easy to read. Once you have set the FPS counter, click “OK” to save the changes.

Note: Steam’s FPS counter is small and unobtrusive, even with high contrast color enabled, and shouldn’t interfere at all with your normal gameplay.

In the In-Game tab, configure which corner of the game you want the FPS counter to appear in and what color you want it in.

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