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PC Gaming Jargon Buster

The world of PC gaming is awash with bamboozling jargon and terminology. If you're keen to get involved but struggle with the VR, pings and GPU of this world, don't worry, this handy glossary explains everything you need to know.

#, A, B

4K - screen resolution commonly found on TVs. More and more computer monitors are now using this technology which carries four times as many pixels as Full HD. To you and me, that means crystal-clear picture quality. Find out more about resolutions and screen sizes here.

Analog stick - you’ll find these on game controllers. It’s just a smaller version of a joystick that gives you a wide range of fluid movements to get ahead of the game.

Blue light - monitors with blue light protection will help to reduce the strain on your eyes.

D, F

Dedicated graphics - a separate graphics card that has its own memory. Perfect for handling the latest releases and those mammoth gaming sessions.

DLC - downloadable content for your game or other bits of software.

FPS (1) - first person shooter game where you’re viewing the action through the eyes of the character. Think Doom, Call of Duty and Counter Strike.

FPS (2) - or frames per second. The frame rate is an indicator of how often the image on your screen is refreshed. The faster the frames move, the smoother the action is.

G, I, L

GPU - short for Graphics Processing Unit. The clever chip on your graphics card that processes a ton of data and turns it into stunning images on your screen.

Integrated graphics - a graphics card that’s integrated into the processor making it ideal for everyday computer use. For gaming, we’d recommend a dedicated card

Lag - the dreaded time delay between sending an action to your game and the character actually performing that move. A fast computer and a speedy internet connection will prevent lag from sabotaging your gaming experience.

P, R

Processor - the brain of your computer, it handles every task you ask it to do. A faster processor gives you a faster computer - simple. Click here to find out more.

RAM - your computer’s short term memory that allows you to multi-task efficiently. For gaming, go for a minimum 8GB of RAM. Find out more in our handy guide.

Response time - a measure of how long it takes the screen to update individual pixels with new colours. You’ll want a fast response time for smooth visuals.

Refresh rate - the number of times per second that an image on your screen refreshes. This prevents flickering, so the higher the number (measured in Hz), the better.

RGB keyboard - customisable, multicolour lighting for your keyboard. If you thought keyboards couldn't look cool - you were wrong.

RPG - a role-playing game is all about taking on the role of a specific character and advancing their skills and abilities within the game, e.g. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy.

S, T

SSD - or Solid State Drive. A super quick, slim and portable hard drive. Plenty of space to save and load your game files.

Streaming (1) - where gamers broadcast their PC gaming live for other people to watch.

Streaming (2) - there are a number of services out there that allow you to stream games to play. They’re relatively new on the scene, but we reckon that this platform could grow into a kind of Netflix for games. Fingers crossed!

TPS - short for third person shooter game – basically a game where you can see the character you’re playing as. Well-known titles include Max Payne and Gears of War.

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