For any competitive player, this general consensus remains true: the higher FPS – the better their own performance. As you’ll be aware, playing a game that should be at 60 FPS and yet is running at 24 FPS is going to be quite the challenge and is an overall detriment as well.
An easy fix for this issue is to change your overall settings for the game, but the game doesn’t exactly tell you just how much each setting is going to improve your FPS by. The better way of dealing with this is through visually seeing just how much FPS you’re getting each and every game that you play.
How exactly do you do that? Well, keep reading on to see several different methods to get the appropriate answers!
Using In-Game Console Commands
There are several options when it comes to showing in-game FPS, but the easiest one available that doesn’t require any additional downloads is through the in-game console. With a single button press and the change of only one element of the console commands, you’ve got yourself a lovely FPS counter in the corner for your next Star Wars: Battlefront 2 game.
- First things first, you’re going to want to press the tilde, also known as the squiggly key on your keyboard that looks like this: “~”. On most standard keyboards, this key can be found in the upper-left corner; underneath “esc” and next to the number “1” key.
- Pressing that button will open up the in-game console and will allow you to make the necessary change. Inside that console, type in “perfoverlay.drawfps 1” and then hit the enter key. Do not write in capitals, as there is a high likelihood that it won’t recognise the command and nothing will happen.
- Once all that’s done, you’ll be able to see the newly implemented FPS counter and all of the benefits that it brings along with it.
- For those that are merely using the FPS counter intermittently to get the optimal FPS for them, to turn off the FPS counter again, open up the console again with a press of the tilde key. In the console, type in: “perfoverlay.drawfps 0” and hit the enter key. After that, it will be turned off again, until you decide to re-enable it for whatever reason.
Using NVidia GeForce Experience
Unfortunately, this method only works for those with NVidia GPU’s, but is easily one of the best FPS counter solutions available that are completely free. An added benefit to the software is the ability to record highlights and clips through NVidia ShadowPlay that comes equipped with the NVidia GeForce Experience.
For now, though, let’s focus on the FPS counter and how to access it with ease:
- Head in the direction of the NVidia GeForce Experience website. You’ll know that it’s the right one when a big green “Download Now” button is on display, in the same shade of green that NVidia uses for their branding.
- Once it’s downloaded, load up the download client and follow the recommended steps until GeForce Experience is fully installed. It shouldn’t take too long and doesn’t take much storage space either – which is a nice bonus.
- Now that it’s finished, find wherever you downloaded GeForce Experience and load up the software. It’s most likely going to ask for you to log into an NVidia account, but if it doesn’t, then do not worry – it wouldn’t matter either way.
- At the upper-right of the software, there should be a green, somewhat triangular icon that you’re going to want to left-click on. It will open up the in-game overlay and allow for you to change the requisite settings that you need to. For an in-game shortcut, you can also use “ALT+Z” to open the in-game overlay as well.
- With the in-game overlay open, click on the white cog icon, this is the “settings menu” and is where you will find the FPS counter. In settings, left-click on the “HUD Layout” option, this is second from the top on the list.
- Again, second from the top on the list is the FPS counter. Click on that and then you’ll be able to select which corner you’d prefer for it to show up in the next time you open any game – not just Star Wars: Battlefront 2.
- Close out of the in-game overlay with a quick “ALT+Z” and you’re officially all done. Until you decide when to turn off your FPS counter, it will remain there without having to re-enable it each time.
Once you’ve enabled the FPS overlay, you won’t need to worry about turning it on every single time you play a game, which is a really nice feature of the software. For those of you out there with NVidia hardware, GeForce Experience and its ShadowPlay feature, this really is the best free option out there.
Using Bandicam Screen Recorder:
Bandicam, similarly to Fraps later on in the list is one of the original screen recorders that many players used to capture their favourite elements of their greatest video game accomplishments on PC. Over the years, Bandicam has kind of been overshadowed by other, more complex and intriguing screen recording software, but it still remains to this day an effective FPS counter for free.
- Make your way over to the Bandicam Screen Recorder website, where the very first page will thankfully be the download page; making life just that little bit easier. Click on that big blue download button and wait for the launcher to finish downloading before running it.
- Keep on clicking the next button on the launcher until it’s fully completed. The only setting it will ever ask you to change is language, other than that the download is completely seamless for all users. After the download is finished, it will ask if you wish to load the software, which you should agree to do.
- Now that the software is up and running, along the left-side will be several options for you to pick and choose from. The one you’re going to want to go into is obviously going to be the “FPS” tab. In there, it will tell you the hotkey for enabling the FPS overlay. At default, it should be set to F9, but can be changed to whatever you like.
- Before the overlay will work, however, there’s one more setting that needs to be enabled first. Head towards the “Image” tab and inside of that tab will be a setting that reads “Add logo overlay.” Make sure that is checked and enabled before attempting to see your FPS, because if that setting isn’t enabled, the overlay won’t pop-up.
It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get this FPS overlay up and running, yet it can easily be turned on and off at a whim during hectic fire-fights.
Fraps has been the OG recorder on PC and was the go-to for every let’s player and video game YouTuber for several years. It’s a name that very few don’t know or haven’t used, but as it turns out, Fraps isn’t only good for just recording your favourite plays.
In fact, it can actually be used as an FPS counter and one that doesn’t take a lot out of your system when you use it – which is a nice added bonus.
- Head to the Fraps website and click on the “Download” tab. On that tab will be text in yellow that’s highlighted and reads “Download Fraps 3.5.99 Setup (2.4MB). Click on that highlighted text to download the Fraps install client. This version states that it only works with Windows XP, 2003, Vista, and Windows 7, but that isn’t true. The download and install will work perfectly fine with Windows 10 as well.
- Open the executable that’s just been downloaded and run through the install wizard/client that’s now popped up. It won’t take any longer than a few seconds to go through, as there aren’t any real extra special steps to go through.
- After that’s been fully downloaded, open up the Fraps software. You’ll start up in the “General” tab, but you’re going to need to left-click on the “FPS” tab instead. Inside of that, you’ll find the settings you need.
- In there, you’ll be able to pick and choose which corner you would like the FPS counter to show up in and the hotkey to turn the counter on and off at a whim. At default it is set to F12, however you can change it to any command that you like.
The next time you play Star Wars: Battlefront 2, hit the assigned shortcut to reveal your FPS for the game with ease. As previously stated, a nice extra with the Fraps FPS counter is that it’s not particularly intensive with your PC, so don’t worry about it being a performance-hog.
In conclusion, there are several options for seeing your FPS in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. All of which are free and easy to implement, without too much hassle or setup to concern yourself with.
Give them all a try to see which one is your favourite and make the most out of your machine!