The Burning Question: Do you prefer performance or beauty?

*Shakes walking stick* back in my day our consoles just played games, there were no newfangled “Pro” versions or this malarkey about “performance modes” and whatnot. It’s disgraceful that these kids can decide which type of experience they want, consoles should have one setting and that’s to play games, nothing else. Millenials just want everything given to them on a silver platter as they’re running around in the streets with their phones and their fidget spinners.

What’d you think of my old man gamer impression? I think it could use a little work. Jokes aside, we’ve been seeing a significant increase in games providing you options to how you want your gaming experience to look. Usually this right was exclusively reserved for PC gamers where you can set your graphics settings exactly so that they fit with you. However, the pro consoles have made these kinds of decisions possible for the console gaming masses as well. It was an interesting day when I played a game on my PS4 Pro and saw that I had the choice between performance and a higher resolution.

We like our games to look as pretty as possible, but we also like them to play as best as possible. If you can perfectly hit that intersection, it’s magic, but more often than not that’s a complete fantasy. Consoles have very limited hardware to work with and when a game is particularly ambitious in terms of visual design, the framerate is usually the first thing to go. After that, the resolution can be dropped as well in order to get visual stability. These compromises have to be made in order to get a game running on such a rigid system, but with the increased available power of a pro console like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.

The performance option usually involves the game taking a hit in the resolution and some visual fidelity in order to hit that magic number of 60 fps. The beauty option usually pushes the game to a high resolution, often 4K or close to it, and takes the game down to 30 fps. The choice you make here depends on how you as a gamer functions. Do you like to just marvel at the pretty visuals and can handle the slight slowdown in combat or do you like everything to be buttery smooth?

PC gamers have had these options for years, but it’s still a valid question. You can change settings in such a way that you can also choose between performance and beauty. Crank up the shadows, turn on Nvidia Hairworks, put the textures on Ultra and boost the resolution to 4K. Your game may look gorgeous, but it will feel a little choppy when you realise your rig is melting and you can barely hit 20 fps. Competitive gaming obviously has a huge preference for performance and you can also go above and beyond and get high refresh rate monitors that will allow you to go beyond just simple 60 fps.

So yeah, this is a pretty straightforward question. Do you like beautiful visuals with the sacrifice of some smoothness or do you want performance that will make your game look a little less impressive? Or do you perhaps only prefer both? The comment section is below.

I am way too tall, played way too many games and I love to write about what we love about games. In the end, I'm just being #Thabolicious

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