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The ITimer interface exposes support for getting the current game time, and the current frame's delta time. This can be extremely useful when dealing with operations over time.

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Getting the current time

To get the current time, use ITimer::GetCurrTime. This returns a CTimeValue object representing the time in seconds since game start. This can be used to determine the time between two events. For example:

void StoreTime()
	m_storedTime = gEnv->pTimer->GetCurrTime();
void CheckTimePassed()
	// Now check time that has passed since stored
	if(gEnv->pTimer->GetCurrTime() - m_storedTime > 3.f)
		CryLogAlways("Three seconds have passed");

Keep in mind that the current time is only updated once a frame, if you need to check the exact time at the current instant, use ITimer::GetAsyncTime. Note that this will query the time immediately, resulting in the function being much slower than ITimer::GetCurrTime.

Getting the delta/frame time

Most update functions part of the engine will provide the frame time as a parameter, but in the case that it is not, you can call ITimer::GetFrameTime.

Time Scale

Time in the engine is multiplied by the t_scale CVar, allowing us to slow down or speed up game play. By default, the time scale is set to 1 (100%). To speed up the game, we could use:

t_scale 2

...Resulting in a 2x speed-up of game time, including every frame's delta. To retrieve the current time scale, see ITimer::GetTimeScale.


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