EU4 smoothframelog Console Command

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smoothframelog Command
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This command toggles smooth frame logging.

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Quick Overview

This command in Europa Universalis IV is used for graphical debugging.

When activated, it logs information relating to the game's performance at rendering frames, in a smooth and flowing manner.

It's mostly for the benefit of developers and isn't typically used in day-to-day gameplay.

In-Depth Description

The command smoothframelog in Europa Universalis IV is essentially a debugging tool for the game, used primarily by developers, but available for all players. When this command is activated, it enables or disables smooth frame logging.

The game engine constantly processes different aspects of the game, from AI actions to visual effects, and all of these elements can impact the game's framerate.

During normal gameplay, this fluctuation is often hidden away. However, if there are performance issues and you need to investigate, smoothframelog can be exceedingly useful.

When activated, it starts logging the framedrop/smoothness of the frames into a text document within the game’s local folders. By having a log of frames per second (fps) over a period of time, you can identify if there are certain patterns or points in the gameplay that consistently cause drops in framerate.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .