Ratchet & Clank dev proves – with science! – that graphics are more important than high framerates

Friday, 30th October 2009 04:59 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Ratchet & Clank’s days of running circles around the competition at 60 FPS may be numbered, if a recent blog post from Insomniac studio engine director Mike Acton is any indication.

“I’m really proud of what our art and production teams accomplished in this game. It’s a great looking game, a ton of fun to play and is 60fps,” he began.


“Our community team did some research into the question of framerate. And in particular they found that there was a clear correlation between graphics scores in reviews (where they are provided) and the final scores. And they found no such correlation between framerate and the graphics scores nor the final scores.”

“However it does appear that gameplay scores are also influenced by graphics scores. i.e. Better looking games appear to be more ‘fun’ to reviewers, in general,” he added.

Thus, he concluded, R&C Future: A Crack in Time will probably be Insomniac’s last 60 FPS game. He then resumed his battle against communist terrorist drug lords as an international super-spy – or whatever it is people blessed with a last name that sounds like “Action” do.

If you’d like to see the science behind Insomniac’s shocking discovery, click through the link. See those? Those are graphs. Insomniac means business here, clearly.



  1. mojo

    ghey. 60fps was for a reason..

    #1 5 years ago
  2. OrphanageExplosion

    All this really proves is that 30fps is now the norm.

    While for a platform game they might have a point, not in a million years will you see a Gran Turismo or Call of Duty game targeted at anything other than 60.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Withnail

    I agree that devs get more credit for making pretty games with low framerates than less pretty games with stable high framerates. This is a bad thing. However, I think one of the reasons COD is such a popular FPS is that it’s one of the only ones that runs at 60fps, even if many people don’t realise it. They just think it controls well.

    #3 5 years ago

    PC games can do way more than that!

    Aint that right bdh?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mojo

    PC Games arent limited normaly.
    if u run a bit older game on a decent modern PC u usualy end up with more than 100 fps, somtimes even way higher..

    If this will come true i might switch back to pc for at least fps games.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Santa Clause

    Surely this depends on the genre?

    Imagine Bayonetta with a low frame rate… *shudders*

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    You don’t have to imagine it, that’s what the PS3 port is for. :-D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Santa Clause

    Really, I haven’t noticed that problem on the PS3 version of the demo *at all*, except maybe a little during non-interactive cut-scenes. It’s during the gameplay that it matters, and in that regard it really is only of the most deliciously fluid games I have ever gotten my hands on.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I’m only messing. :-D

    Although they did remove the level that people were complaining about from the PS3 version of the demo. I’ve no idea if it’s fixed up in the final version or not – you’d kind of hope so.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Santa Clause

    What level is that?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    The ‘falling clock tower’ one, I believe.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Talking of R&C, I might have a quick blast on the demo now.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Played that on Tuesday as well. :-D

    It’s very smooth and cartoony, but I couldn’t manage to muster much enthusiasm for it. I’ve never played any of the other R&C games so it’s probably just that, though.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Monk

    so, you must downgrade the Graphics for sake of 60fps ?
    well, I prefer to be in 60fps to not loss the Exciting
    and the Fun Every Time.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. The Hindle

    So does this mean we can expect Insomniac games to get better graphics from now on

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    It means you can get quite alot of cheap shoes… Apparently.

    But i dont really see why you assume it means their games will have better gfx from now on? Obviously they’ll always upgrade i guess.

    #16 5 years ago

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