Within the context of video gaming, frames per second (FPS) refers to the speed at which the screen image is refreshed. The more frames that can be fully rendered per second, the more fluid the game play appears to the player. When frame rates drop below 30 FPS in an action heavy game (such as a first person shoot like Halo or Call of Duty), the action appears choppy to the human eye. For most games 30-60 FPS is considered acceptable, but increasingly powerful hardware and sophisticated games have pushed the envelope to above 100 FPS, a rate of refresh which provides extremely fluid and smooth in-game movement.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 10/7/13