I’ve been running an experiment over the last 2 weeks, so see if I could understand that net performance benefits of playing BF1 on a gaming monitor vs a TV, I’m also going to test the additional benefit of playing on a PS5 vs PS4 Pro, but I don’t have enough data on this yet, (however, early resultsmare also interesting )
Let me lay out the methodology:
The performance base:
My performance is BF1 is very consistent. I download my stats from the tracker every month. I’ve been collecting daily data, and aggregating that data into monthly summaries since the game came out. Since May 2018 (nearly 3 years of granular data!) my performance has been very consistent in key metrics like average skill, kills per game and KD ratio. Those measure have shown only minor improvement as as my performance has largely plateaued using a consistent set up.
The set up
Since May 18 my hardware set up has been entirely consistent:
Samsung 55 inch TV with decent gaming settings of 10ms display lag
XIM4 set up with consistent settings. This is not a XIM post, so don’t bother commenting - its not relevant to the topic.
Same wired connection to a decent 70Meg down connection with low latency (Sky Broadband in the UK)
The only change in that period was moving to XIM Apex on release, but the the same settings. - No noticeable improvement (I don’t recommend Apex over XIM4!)
The new hardware
Changed to a Samsung 27 inch monitor with 5ms display lag. For completeness, It is the LG UHD 27UN83A 27 Inch Monitor IPS 4K (3840x2160) - VESA DisplayHDR 400, with USB-C. I could have bought a specialised gaming monitor with lower display lag, but this monitor balanced my gaming and longer term work needs better.
My baseline stats
My average daily skill by month has been very consistent since May 2018
On average my skill since May 2018 has been very consistent - averaging at 541 per month (That is the average skill per day in a given month)
It does not vary greatly but month, although there are individual days with greater variance with a top skill in the baseline period of 678 and a low of 373 - (must have been blind drunk that day )
Aggregating that data by month:
Lowest average monthly skill rating of 524 (attributable to a month when I was trying to knock over some sniper gun challenges)
A highest average skill rating of 578. (That was a month when I was levelling up the Federov!) - Definitely an effective, easy to use gun!
The difference between my lowest and highest rating (the spread) is within 10%. Over nearly 3 years. It’s very consistent.I play circa 330 games of conquest per month - a great sample size.
Again, since May 2018 (a period in which I have played over 9000 games!) these stats have been very consistent:
I average a KD of 3.11 in that period, again with little variation by month - it has never dropped below 2.8, but there is increased variation at the top end - I had 2 months where my KD was at 3.9 - Specifically the months where I was levelling up variants of the Federov (again, proving it's ease of use!)
I've been collecting daily stats since purchasing the monitor. The monitor was purchased on 6th November, so I've been collecting stats for 3 weeks, with a sample size of 317 games and incorporating circa 10000 kills. So a good sample size.
In 300+ games since I got the monitor, my KD has been 3.63. This compares with an average KD during the sample period of 3.11. This is a pretty significant dramatic improvement over the sample of nearly 20%. My KD has gone up by an astonishing 0.52.
I think this is a decent result and goes to show the power of gaming monitor set up.
THIS RESULTS IS UNDERSTATED
What makes it more impressive is that for much of the base sample time (the 31 months since May 18) I was using ‘guns of choice’…………During that period I would have been levelling up guns that were easy to use and suited my playstyle I am on a mission now to try to get 100* with all the medic guns before BF6 comes out, so I am actually exclusively using the unpopular medic guns. Since I had the monitor, I gave been pretty much EXCLUSIVELY using really unpopular ‘skill cannon’ guns like:
So the fact that I am achieving these results with these guns suggest to me that these gains are at the bottom of the expected range.
Want to git gud? Many to improve your KD by at least 20%?
GET A MONITOR!