How to use Windows 10’s built-in FPS counter

Milan Stanojevic
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How to use Windows 10 FPS counter

The number of frames that appear per second on your screen are generally known as FPS (frames-per-second). A higher frame rate will help you to play your favorite games without any problem. And the Xbox Game Bar will soon bring the FPS counter.

The PC gamers previously relied on third-party FPS counters for that purpose. However, Windows 10 users always longed for a built-in FPS counter. Here is how a player asked about the same in a Reddit thread:

My kids have started playing the Windows 10 version and I can’t seem to find a way to show the fps. Any idea? Is there a / command or something?

Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the popular demand of the gaming community. The Redmond giant has recently announced the addition of frames per second (FPS) in Xbox Game Bar:

We heard you loud and clear, the Performance overlay needed a framerate counter. With the October 2019 Game Bar update, we’re introducing the highly requested frames per second (FPS) counter to the Performance overlay on Xbox Game Bar.

How do I get the Xbox Game Bar FPS counter on my PC?

The FPS frame rate counter should be available automatically as a part of the October 2019 Update for the Xbox Game Bar. However, if you are too impatient to wait, you still have the option to check for updates directly from the Microsoft Store. Here’s how to get it:

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft Store and search for the Xbox Game Bar application.
  2. Wait for the Xbox Game Bar update to be installed on your system. You are required to accept some additional Windows permissions.
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  3. Reboot your system to apply the changes.
  4. Launch a game and simultaneously press the Windows + G keys to open Windows 10 framerate counter.
  5. Go to the Performance section to see the new framerate counter.Get Windows 10 FPS counter
  6. A small box on your screen will display the performance data.

You can now keep track of the changing game performance with the help of a graph available under the Performance section. On top of that, the new update brings some additional options that allow you to track RAM, GPU and CPU usage.

It seems like the access to the new feature is restricted to only a subset of Windows Insiders. There are multiple reports on social media that the updates are not available for them.

If you are on the same boat, you might need to wait for a few more weeks before getting the FPS counter, once the new Xbox Game Bar experience is available for all users.