5 Quick Ways to Show FPS Counter in Windows 11
Frames Per Second (FPS) represents the number of images rendered by a graphics chip on a computer. Higher FPS results in smoother gameplay and improved viewing. It can also help gauge your hardware’s performance in relation to a game.
Windows 11, GPU management programs, and game clients now provide the option to display an FPS counter. Here, we will discuss five methods to track and show the FPS counter while playing your favorite games.
1. Using the Xbox Game Bar
Xbox Game Bar is integrated into Windows 10 and Windows 11. So, no separate installation is needed to display the FPS counter in Windows 11. Use Xbox Game Bar to capture gameplay photos, record videos, and track game performance. Here’s how to see FPS on screen using Xbox Game Bar:
Step 1: Launch any Game on your PC.
Step 2: Press the Windows + G keyboard shortcut to open Xbox Game Bar.
Step 3: Click on the Performance icon (monitor) to launch the overlay. You will see metrics in a small window.
Step 4: Move the overlay to one corner and pin it.
Step 5: Click anywhere on the game screen. This will minimize the Xbox Game Bar while keeping the Performance overlay pinned.
2. Using NVIDIA GeForce Experience
NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a utility to manage game and studio drivers, customize game settings, and record and share gameplay. Use the overlays feature to display framerates while gaming. If you don’t have the app installed on your PC, download and install it. Here’s how to use the app: Open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app. Go to the top-right area and click the Settings icon.
Step 3: Scroll down to the In-Game Overlay section. Click the toggle to enable the overlay feature if it isn’t active.
Step 4: Click on Settings.
Step 5: Click on the HUD layout option.
Review: Click on Performance, then select FPS.
Step 7: Click on the Done button. Close the NVIDIA overlay.
Step 8: Launch a Game on your PC.
Step 9: Press Alt + R to launch the overlay. You will see FPS and other metrics in the corner.
3. Using the In-Game FPS Counter in Steam
Steam Client offers an overlay option to display FPS while playing games. You can adjust the FPS overlay position by following these steps: Step 1: Press the Windows key to open the Start menu, type Steam in the search bar, and press Enter.
Step 2: Click on the Steam menu at the top-left corner and select Settings.
Step 3: Click on In Game in the left sidebar. Find the In-game FPS counter option and select the screen area for the FPS counter. We chose Top-right.
Step 4: Close the Settings page.
Step 5: Click on the Library option. Select a game from the list and click on the Play button.
The FPS will be displayed in the top-right corner.
4. Using FRAPS
FRAPS is an FPS monitoring tool that measures FPS, records gameplay, and captures screenshots. The app offers a paid tier that includes support for multiple image formats and removes watermarks. To display FPS in PC games using FRAPS, follow these steps:
Step 1: Download and install FRAPS on your PC.
Step 2: Launch FRAPS and switch to the FPS tab.
Step 3: The overlay hotkey for the FPS counter is F12 by default. Don’t change it.
Step 4: Minimize the FRAPS windows and launch a game. The FPS counter overlay will appear in the top left corner. Press F12 to change the overlay position.
5. Using RTSS With MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner is an overclocking utility that displays FPS and hardware usage statistics while gaming, and can record and save benchmarks. To enable OSD properties and display metrics on the screen, you need to download and install Riva Tuner Statistics Server (RTSS). Here’s how:
Step 1: Download MSI Afterburner on your PC.
Step 2: Install and launch MSI Afterburner. Click on the Settings icon.
Step 3: In the General tab, expand the drop-down list below the ‘Master graphics processor selection’ option. Select the GPU you use while playing games.
Step 4: Go to the Monitoring tab and select the ‘Active hardware monitoring graphs’ option. Find and click on the Framerate option.
Switch to the On-screen display tab and click on the box next to the Toggle On-screen display option. Press the F12 key.
Step 6: Click Apply, then OK.
Step 7: Minimize the MSI Afterburner window and launch a game. The FPS counter will appear on the screen. Press F12 to toggle it on or off.
Measure FPS Easily
Xbox Game Bar is a built-in tool for showing the FPS counter in Windows 11 or older versions of the OS. NVIDIA GPU users can use the GeForce Experience app. For third-party FPS measuring tools, FRAPS or MSI Afterburner can display the FPS on the screen.
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