Last week, at Tecmo Koei’s first Dead or Alive 5 official tournament, Team Ninja leader Yosuke Hayashi showed off a development build of Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PS Vita briefly to those in attendence (as well as viewers watching at home through a livestream) and said – according to Famitsu – that it was running at “close to 60 frames per second”.

But why did Hayashi-san say “close to” 60 frames per second? Was it because the development build’s framerate, at the time, wasn’t quite 60FPS yet? Is it even possible for trained eyes to tell if the game was running at 55FPS or 60FPS. Why did he say “almost” (ほぼ in Japanese).

Personally, I think Hayashi was just being modest; as many of you gamers would know, the framerate of a video game rarely ever stays the same. It fluctuates depending on what’s going on in the game. Sometimes the fraterate gets a little higher, from 60fps to, say, 63 fps, and sometimes it dips a little lower to maybe 55fps. But even if it dips to under 60fps by a few frames, it’s still technically accurate to say that the game is locked down at 60fps.

Thus maybe Hayashi-san was afraid that the framerate might dip to 50-something during the more intense moments in the game, while he was showing off the build at the tournament last week.

But that no longer matters. Because this week, Team Ninja’s head ninja Yosuke Hayashi is manning up.

The DOA5 producer appeared as a guest on a Geccha (gaming channel) livestream held late this past Friday hosted by Ayana Tsubaki and Takahashi Meijin (the legendary man who can hit a button 16 times in one second, and split a watermelon doing so).

Although the purpose of his appearance was mostly to introduce Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on the Wii U, at some point Hayashi once again took out his PS Vita to show off a little bit of the DOA5+ development build.

It’s unknown if the one he has on Friday’s livestream was the exact same one he showed off a week ago, or if it’s been improved. Nevertheless, this time, while showing off the game, Hayashi-san did not resort to any weasel words.

“Right now it’s running at 60 frames per second,” he said on the stream, to which Takahashi Meijin expressed his amazement.

“60 frames?” Meijin asked.

“Yes, it’s running at that,” Hayashi once again proclaimed.

Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PS Vita comes out in Japan March 20, 2013. In the US the game is slated to be released March 19, 2013.


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