Do you remember that awful meme that the human eye could not see more than 24fps? Well, by now we all know that it was inaccurate and laugh when someone mentions something like that. And it seems that John Carmack got tired of that meme. That theory was based on the the fact that movies were played in 24Hz and looked quite smooth. Well, the truth is that even those 24Hz movies are not as smooth as you think they are, and everything will change when James Cameron Peter Jackson will present the 48Hz version of The Hobbit.
Long story short, a fan told Carmack that the human eye can’t see more than 24Hz and here is what John said:
“humans don’t see more than 24 hz” is wrong on many levels; I wish the meme would die.
Well said John. What is more interesting though is that Carmack believes there will be a lot of 30fps games in the next-generation consoles. When a fan asked about Carmack’s opinion on next-generation games and whether the next generation consoles would be getting more 60fps games, Carmack said that there will still be lots of 30hz/30fps games. This is shocking as a lot of console gamers thought that with the next generation hardware, they’d be getting – most of the times – games in 1080p and 60fps. According to Carmack though, that’s not the case.
“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”
Ouch. It will be interesting to see whether developers decide to offer better visuals (that will result in a 30fps gaming experience as Carmack believes) or not. It will also be interesting to see how Doom 4 will turn out and whether the PC version will be able to compete with the next-generation console games, especially if iD Software decides to offer mod tools for it. Let’s also not forget that Carmack is a programming guru, so he obviously knows what we’s talking about.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."