How to Show FPS Counter

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In this guide we will show you the easiest ways to show the FPS counter for every game without installing additional software. We will use what is possibly already installed applications like game clients (Steam, Uplay, and others), graphics driver software, and even the “hidden” Windows Game Bar which is mostly overlooked as a tool for gamers.

 

Steam Client

1. Open Steam Settings.

FPS-Counter-steam-1

 

2. Go to In-Game tab and select the position of of the FPS counter to show FPS counter in game. Enabling High contrast color is optional.

FPS Counter Steam

 

3. Steam FPS counter looks like this.

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EA Origin

1. Open the Origin Application Settings

FPS Counter origin

 

2. Click the Origin In-Game tab then turn on Enable Origin In-Game.

FPS Counter origin

 

3. Select any position for the FPS counter to display it.

FPS Counter origin

 

4. Origin FPS counter looks like this.

FPS Counter origin

 

Uplay

1. Click the Uplay Menu icon the click Settings.

FPS Counter UPlay

 

2. In General tab, click the check box for Display FPS counter in game.

FPS Counter UPlay

 

3. Uplay FPS counter looks like this.

FPS Counter UPlay

 

AMD Relive

1.If you have and AMD Radeon HD 7700 card or newer, Radeon ReLive has a built-in FPS counter. Make sure you have the latest AMD Radeon driver installed. Download the latest AMD drivers here.

Watch this video if you don’t know exactly what graphics card is in your system.

 

2. Right-click on desktop, click AMD Radeon Settings then click the Relive tab and look for the “Toggle Toolbar Hotkey”.

FPS Counter AMD Relive

 

3. Press the corresponding Toolbar Hotkey, click the Performance tab, open the Metric Options, and enable the Show Metrics option.

FPS Counter AMD Relive

 

4. Minimize the Metric Options and expand the Select Metrics the turn on the FPS option. You can also turn on other metrics to show.

FPS Counter AMD Relive

 

5. This is what the AMD Relive FPS counter looks like.

FPS Counter AMD Relive

 

GeForce Experience

1. If you have a GeForce GT/GTX 600 card, GeForce Experience also has built-in FPS counter. Make sure you have the latest GeForce driver installed. Download the latest GeForce drivers here.

Watch this video if you don’t know exactly what graphics card is in your system.

 

2. Open the GeForce Experience and click the gear icon.

FPS Counter GeForce Experience

 

3. Enable the Experimental Features by clicking the check box, then turn on the In-Game Overlay option and click the Settings button.

FPS Counter GeForce Experience

 

4. In the Settings overlay, click the HUD layout.

FPS Counter GeForce Experience

 

5. Click the FPS counter tab then select the position to where you want to show the FPS counter. Click the Back button when you are done.

FPS Counter GeForce Experience

 

6. GeForce Experience FPS counter looks like this.

FPS Counter GeForce Experience

 

Windows XBox Game Bar

Xbox Game Bar Performance Overlay comes with Windows 10 1809 update (October 2018). Make sure you update Windows and the Xbox Game Bar version to 3.34.11002.0 or newer. You can update the Xbox Game Bar through Windows Store.

 

1. Enable Xbox Game Bar. Go to Windows Settings by clicking the gear icon on the Windows Start button.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

2. Click the Gaming menu with Xbox icon.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

3. Turn on the Game Bar, and look for the Open Game Bar Windows shortcut key (Win + G is the default shortcut key).

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

4. Press Win+G. The Game Bar will appear and click the Performance (beta) icon to show the performance window with FPS counter.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

5. If it is your first time to use the Bar, click the FPS tab then click “Request Access”. Follow the instructions then it will ask you to restart your PC.

 

6. Press Win+G after restarting your PC and it prompt a window confirming that Game Bar can now use the FPS counter.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

7. Click the pin icon to pin/unpin the overlay.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

8. Xbox Game Bar with FPS counter looks like this.

FPS Counter Windows Xbox Gamebar

 

For OpenGL and Vulkan games, you may need to run the game in window mode to use Game Bar.

 

In-Game Settings

Some games have built-in FPS counter. You just need to look into the settings, graphics settings usually.

FPS Counter in games
Other games has hotkey for their FPS counter to display, like F9 for Paladins. Other games can display FPS counter via console or additional command line arguments.

FPS Counter in Games

 

Bandicam

If none of the methods we mentioned worked, we recommend Bandicam. Bandicam is probably the easiest to use and supports a wide variety of games including those which are built on OpenGL and Vulkan APIs. You can download Bandicam here. No need to buy the full version if you will only use the FPS counter.

1. On Bandicam application window, click the FPS tab and enable the Show FPS Overlay and select its position.

FPS Counter bandicam
2. Click the gamepad icon before launching a game.

FPS Counter bandicam

 

3. Bandicam FPS counter looks like this.

FPS Counter bandicam

 

We know about MSI AfterBurner and NZXT Cam and similar software can display FPS counter and more performance metrics. Guides on how to use them will be on another article.

 

MSI Afterburner

Click here on how to show FPS on MSI Afterburner and overlay customization guide,

 

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