Street Fighter V doesn’t play well below 60FPS on PC

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Street Fighter V on PC has to be at 60FPS

Street Fighter V is out today, and despite my insistence that the inclusion of Dhalsim should automatically mean a perfect score, Geoff disagreed with me in his review. Despite that it seems that Capcom has produced (mechanically) a really top-class fighting game, which you can only get on PS4 when it comes to consoles. Thankfully it’s also on PC (with cross-platform play), but you’re going to need to make extra sure your hardware will be able to keep up.

Digital Foundry have dived deep into Street Fighter V on PC and discovered a few very alarming features. Since it’s a fighter, the need to run the game at 60FPS should be a given, but it would previously be safe to assume that any dropped frames would just cause jitter- and not actually slow the entire game down. That’s not the case with Street Fighter V though, with the game and its animations being tied directly to the framerate for a smooth presentation at 60FPS.

At half of that, the game is effectively running in slow motion, as can be seen below with a GTX 750Ti.

Street Fighter V also seems to be greedy with GPU power despite being a (albeit gorgeous) 2(ish)D fighter, leaning heavily on memory usage and clock speeds. The GTX 950, for example, had to tune down settings drastically to maintain a locked 60FPS, which really doesn’t do the game justice next to the PS4 version. But if you manage to max it out, Street Fighter V on PC is certainly the prettier of the two – especially with those higher resolution textures.

But it’s something to really keep in mind if you’re planning on playing Street Fighter V optimally at all. The game needs a locked 60FPS, so if you’re unsure you PC can pull that off you’re far better going with the PS4 version. It’s out today.

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Last Updated: February 16, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    SF can GITC

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Saying Dhalsim automatically earns it a perfect score is a bit of a stretch.

  • Pieter Kruger

    But apparently it looks and play fantastic at 4k 60fps…….on PC! ????????????

    • Hammersteyn

      And here’s a lets play video of SF5 on XBOX One

      • Ir0nseraph


      • haha

  • Hammersteyn

    Again, this is why I prefer consoles. Zero stress about hardware being good enough to run the newest games. So what if it’s 30FPS? If I played some at 60 and some at 30 it would be an issue because then it would be irritating

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Because we don’t need cinematic versions of SF games when there are actual movies already? 😉

      • Hammersteyn


    • Thats why you should already have a 1080p 60fps PC

    • Viking Of Science

      <—– ahem. especially true of fighting games.

    • maroon1

      GTX 950 exceed PS4 quality in this game

      ALso, PC version has graphics option that allows you to change the graphics depending on the GPU.It takes only few min to change the graphics and test it.

      • Hammersteyn

        This is true, but at the end of a long day I just want to play games and not fiddle with settings to enjoy my game

  • oVg

    How much is it? R900?

    I just purchased Fire Watch, Unravel, Abes New n Tasty, PGA 2015, Journey, flow, Helldivers DLC, TALE OF 2 BROTHERS, Free GOT EP 1 and free Borderlands EP 1 ALL FOR R800

    Sorry AAA gaming you no longer matter.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      When did you get a PC? 😉

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