Eli5:Why do things in games look smaller in first person compared to third person?

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I saw the size comparisons of the creatures in ARK with the players and their size was MASSIVE! I already knew they were bigger than they looked but many people were surprised about it which made me wonder why do they feel so small in first person.

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its partly a field of view issue (FOV), partly a scaling issue.

The first person viewpoint on a screen is significantly smaller than the actual human field of view. most FPS games are around a 60-90 degree FOV, but human eyes have a FOV of over 180 degrees. thus, you brain, looking at the object on screen, sees it occupies a smaller area of its real FOV and thinks it;s “smaller” than it should be.

Also, scale in video games is hard to judge, and often deliberately distorted for gameplay reasons (ie potions are the size of a gallon milk jug, etc). Putting a human in frame gives a very clear, hard to misjudge marker than really drives home how BIG something is.

Anonymous 0 Comments

its partly a field of view issue (FOV), partly a scaling issue.

The first person viewpoint on a screen is significantly smaller than the actual human field of view. most FPS games are around a 60-90 degree FOV, but human eyes have a FOV of over 180 degrees. thus, you brain, looking at the object on screen, sees it occupies a smaller area of its real FOV and thinks it;s “smaller” than it should be.

Also, scale in video games is hard to judge, and often deliberately distorted for gameplay reasons (ie potions are the size of a gallon milk jug, etc). Putting a human in frame gives a very clear, hard to misjudge marker than really drives home how BIG something is.