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Some individuals may have a competitive advantage in Fortnite due to their ability to perceive action at a higher frame rate, according to science.


Apr 3, 2024

In my professional career, I’ve often dismissed efforts to surpass the FPS event horizon, believing that all games look the same. However, my colleague James, who is our hardware editor, has always found my perspective amusing because he disagrees with me. A study highlighted by the Guardian recently suggested that there might be some truth to my opinion after all. The study revealed that people may perceive life at different frame rates, meaning that someone who appears to be cheating in a game might simply be experiencing it differently due to their unique perception.

The concept of ‘temporal resolution’ refers to how quickly your brain processes visual information. Individuals with high temporal resolution perceive the world at a slightly slower pace, allowing them to react faster to stimuli compared to those with lower temporal resolution. A test conducted on a group of people aged 18-35 revealed a significant variation in how they could detect the flickering of a light. Some participants could see the flickering at speeds over 60 flashes per second, while others could only detect it at 35 flashes per second.

It may seem obvious that people interpret visual signals differently, considering the unique nature of human biology. Each person’s perception is influenced by factors such as age and physical activity, with studies showing a decline in temporal resolution as individuals get older or after intense exercise. This varying perception could explain why some individuals excel at fast-paced FPS games, as they are able to process visual information more quickly than others.

Knowing your own temporal resolution score could potentially impact your gaming experience, as individuals with lower scores may not benefit from investing in high refresh rate monitors. In a hypothetical scenario suggested by a podcast colleague, players seeking to compete professionally in esports may even be required to provide proof of their temporal resolution in order to qualify. Ultimately, understanding how individuals perceive visual information at different speeds could revolutionize how we approach gaming and competitive esports in the future.

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