why is it that the bigger your FOV is in a game, the faster it feels like you’re moving?

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why is it that the bigger your FOV is in a game, the faster it feels like you’re moving?

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When your FOV is high you’re seeing a lot more than when your FOV is low, but still moving at the same speed. Since you’re able to see more, it kinda feels like you’re covering more distance. Since speed and distance are relative is makes it seem like you’re moving faster.

If you’re in a moving car and look straight ahead (in the direction the car is traveling), it doesn’t look like the car is moving very fast compared to if you look out a side window (perpendicular to the direction of travel).

In the car analogy, increasing your FOV exposes more of the area to the sides of the car to your eyes. So a higher fraction of the things in your line of sight look like they’re moving faster. This same idea holds in games.

In simple terms, you’re clearing more distance (greater FOV) in the same amount of time (same mouse sensitivity in an FPS).