Battlefield 2042 has now entered its week of early access and some of the players who've picked up one of the game's more expensive editions or are subscribed to EA Play Pro have begun pointing out cases of low FPS and unstable performance. If you count among those whose PC is struggling with the first-person shooter, you may be looking for a way to show FPS and track which component might be at fault.
Battlefield 2042 doesn't force you to use external software to show FPS. Instead, you can input a handy console command while in-game and the number of frames per second will be displayed on your screen. Before you can do so, you'll need to bring up the in-game console, which should be activated by default and accessed using the tilde (`) key.
Once you've done so, type in "PerfOverlay.DrawFps 1" while leaving out the quote marks. The command itself is also not case sensitive, in case you're adamant about doing things as efficiently as possible. Press Enter, and look in the upper right corner of the screen. If you see text, you've successfully made Battlefield 2042 show FPS. Inputting the command again and replacing the "1" with a "0" removes the text from your screen.
This works both in the menu and in matches. On top of that, it tracks the effort that the CPU and GPU are putting towards running the game separately, the text color changing as you begin to encounter low FPS. This is one way to check, at a glance, which component might be contributing to your low FPS number in Battlefield 2042.
That being said, the title doesn't seem to be optimized very well, at least at launch, plenty of players reporting low or unstable frame rates on systems that exceed recommended requirements. I've pointed out the instability in our review in progress and, sadly, it's very much there even on live servers.
Of course, there's nothing stopping you from using software like Nvidia GeForce Experience or AMD's counterpart to show FPS in Battlefield 2042, especially if you just want one number on your screen. Hopefully, it won't be long before we'll stop seeing low FPS in-game, but even so, you should now be equipped with enough tools to track your frame rate.
For more on Battlefield 2042, check out our guides on its specialists and weapons.
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