Updated: 05/03/2022 by Computer Hope

FPS may refer to any of the following:

FPS shown in a video game.

1. Short for frames per second, FPS is a measurement of how many frames a device can render each second. It is dictated by the speed of the video card, CPU (central processing unit), and memory in a computer. A user with a higher FPS can perform better and react faster than someone with a lower FPS. Many games today have a command or keyboard shortcut that displays the frames per second you are getting. There are also programs, such as Fraps, that display the frames per second you can get with your computer hardware and certain settings. The picture shows a game displaying an FPS of 99.3 or 99 frames per second.


With online games, FPS is still important, however, latency or ping (connection between you and the server) is even more important.


Your monitor Hz (Hertz) (e.g., a 240 Hz monitor) is different than the FPS your video card or GPU (graphics processing unit) generates.

Doom first person shooter or FPS computer game.

2. FPS is also short for first-person shooter, a genre of video game. In an FPS, the player views the game in a first-person view. Game interaction largely involves moving, aiming, and shooting a gun. First-person shooter games became popular with the release of Doom in 1993. In the picture, the player has a handgun and is shooting a character in the game.


If you're looking over the shoulder of a character in a game, the game is considered a third-person shooter and not a first-person shooter.

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