The Frame Rate Debate: 24fps VS 60fps

A few years ago, especially since PC gaming has entered a new golden age, a new debate has become extremely popular on Internet boards, and that is the difference between 24/30 fps and 60 fps in videos and gaming. Lately, even video game developers and publishers have joined the debate, some spreading misinformation throughout the masses simply to please their customers.

That being said, let’s cut to the chase, and say what must be said: 60 fps is always better than 24 or 30 fps. More frames per second simply allow for a more fluid and overall better viewing experience, whether we’re talking about videos or video games.

But why is it better? Why does the higher number provide a better experience? Well, I’m sure you all know by now that videos are a bunch of still images playing one after another, giving us the impression that there is movement. Thus, frame rate means the rate at which frames (the still images) are played back. A higher frame rate gives our brain a more realistic impression of movement, in such a way that anything under 24 frames per second will look jittery.

In the case of movies, the rate at which frames are shown is represented by frames per second, while video games are linked to monitor refresh rates, which traditionally are 30Hz and 60Hz. Both of these reflect how quickly still images can flicker, which then gives these pictures realistic motion.

An argument often used in this debate is “the human eye can’t see past 30 fps”. This argument comes from the misunderstanding of the fact that the human eye is capable of processing 10 to 12 separate images per second. If you go below this number, the brain realizes that what you’re only watching a slideshow. That being said, the argument is technically false, as you can obviously notice the difference between 24, 30 and 60 fps.

Movies are generally shot in 24 fps, and that’s why people complained about Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films, which were shot in 48 fps. The audience noticed this because 24 fps movies have motion blur, while 48 fps removes the need for it, thus making the movie seem strange compared to what people were used to. That being said, videos with a higher frame rate make you feel like you’re there while the action is being shot, allowing people to be fully immersed.

If you don’t believe us when we say that 60 fps will always provide a smoother experience, why don’t you try checking the difference? No, we’re not making you grab an expensive camera. We’re in the golden age of the Internet, after all, and we have a lot of websites comparing various frame rates. By far, the best one is this site, which allows you to compare multiple frame rates and gives you a set of tools to customize your comparison. Using that site helps you see how smooth the 60 fps shape moves and how clear it is compared to the other shapes which use motion blur.

So, there you have it. Our point is proven: 60 fps is better than lower frame rates. Of course, the debate will go on, fueled by lying developers and clueless writers which will keep on fooling their user bases in order to justify their shortcomings and to get more money from them. Don’t let yourself fooled so easily, folks!