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Carmack Talks Next-Gen, “There Will Still be a lot of 30 Hz Games”

May 25, 2012Written by Alex Osborn

John Carmack, the famed developer from id Software recently offered up his thoughts on the next generation of gaming experiences, noting that we’ll likely still see plenty of games that do not run at 60 frames-per-second.

In response to a question on Twitter, Carmack shared the unfortunate truth that 60 fps likely won’t be the standard in the next-gen, as we’re bound to see plenty of games still locked in at 30 Hz.

There will still be lots of 30hz games, which I don’t think it is a good trade.

If TVs didn’t add lag, it would be more clear cut.

Those familiar with Carmack’s thoughts on technology are likely well aware of the fact that he is a big supporter of higher frame-rates. A lot of developers have opted to sacrifice a smoother frame-rate for better visuals, but Carmack doesn’t believe the trade-off is typically worth it. The guys over at id are some pretty brilliant individuals, having brought us games like Doom and Rage, so there’s definitely some weight behind Carmack’s opinion.

What do you think about the importance of frame-rate in the next-gen? Should developers make smooth, 60 frames-per-second experiences a priority? Sound off in the comments below.