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I was having a conversation about video games with a friend, and we got to talking about frame rates. I just got a 144Hz monitor, and my friend swears that he will stick to 60Hz, because there is no benefit to multiplayer games. We had this conversation with Rainbow 6 Siege in mind, but it should apply to (most) any multiplayer game.

His position is that since the games server has a tick rate of 60 (50? 64? ...somewhere around there), a frame rate higher than that won't help you at all. Any additional frames that you are rendering are essentially a waste of time because there's no additional information, you've already gotten all the information the server is able to provide.

My understanding of these things is limited, but aren't there some kinds of prediction and interpolation that happen client-side, which a higher frame rate can take advantage of, even if they are happening faster than you are receiving updates from the server?

So my question is: what, if any, are the benefits to running a frame rate higher than what the server is able to provide to you?

Please keep answers to quantifiable things, not "higher frame rates feel better". And although we were discussing R6, a game agnostic answer would be great as well.

  • Your question is a bit broad currently which makes it hard to answer, what would you consider "quantifiable benefits"? Also it might be a good idea to narrow things down to R6 or FPS's in general as "Why is High frame-rate good in all games?" is very broad. – Malco Oct 15 '18 at 20:03
  • I'm imagining something like "you see something at 144hz sooner than someone at 60hz would, giving you an edge on them because of your higher refresh rate". I will be happy with an R6 or FPS specific answer, I just figured the same principles should apply to most PvP online games. – kamahaya Oct 19 '18 at 21:59
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First thing first, not every game server runs on 60 tickrate, Valorant runs on 128, CSGO private tournaments run on 128 tickrate, but anyway, the fact that the server is not responding you with the same low response time as your monitor doesn't mean that you don't get any advantage in having a 144hz or a 240hz monitor.

Higher refresh rates mean lower input lag, so the game will read your input sooner, you will see animations smoother (easier to see if an enemy is using a certain ability in Overwatch, Paladins, Sekiro...), you will be able to track moving target WAY easier because you will get more information to your eyes in the same time interval and you will be able to move your mouse and having quicker response time from the monitor if you have to correct the point you are aiming at. It applies to any other game too, "not fighting games, because they are often hard-capped at 60 FPS". In Rocket League, with lower monitor response time, you will be able to turn your car and correct your air or ground trajectory sooner. I switched from 60hz to 144hz last year and I saw quantifiable benefits in any game I tried without hard-capped fps. BO4 was way easier, I was more competitive in R6, I was more precise with car movement and shots in Rocket League. If you are not yet sure, this page says that 96% of R6 pros (real pros) use a monitor capable of displaying at least 144 FPS per second. I mean, they probably have a reason to do so.

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