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Windows 10 Game Bar Gains Long Awaited FPS Counter

Microsoft has introduced a frame rater counter on the Windows 10 Game Bar as part of the tool’s October 2019 update.

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Over the years, Windows has never had a native tool for counting frame rates on a display. Instead, users have been reliant on third-party tools. That is about to change as a new update for Game Bar will include a new FPS (frames per second) counter.

FPS is part of the refresh rate for gaming on PCs and other devices, such as Xbox One. With a higher framerate a game will look graphically better because of a smoother experience. FPS has become an important determining factor in game performance.

Many third-party services already offer FPS monitors, such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience and Steam's built-in tool.

With the new Windows 10 Game Bar update, an FPS counter will be included natively. It's really about time developed such a feature. This tool is coming with the October 2019 update for the Game Bar, a feature that is accessible through the Win+G combination.

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Users can use the Windows 10 FPS counter by agreeing to specific new permissions through the Game Bar. A system reboot will also be required to get the feature operational. Microsoft adds the new Windows 10 Game Bar update will download and install automatically through Windows Update.

If you want to manually get the update you can head to the Windows Store listing for the Game Bar. It is also worth noting that the FPS counter will only be available during gameplay. However, this works for any game, including titles from the Windows Store, traditional PC games, and emulators.

When operational, the FPS counter monitors frame rates for 60 seconds.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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