SFML test app feels slow/clunky

Similar to this question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33904998/sfml-extremly-slow-irregular-framerate, I have created a small program to experiment with SFML

I have a very simple SFML test application on ubuntu 20.04 using SFML 2.5.1. There are three circles. One under user control and one bouncing left to right.


  • The one moving left to right is not very fast.
  • Even so the one under user control cannot keep up with it.
  • I am using a delta of 1 (pixel per frame?). If I increase this motion is jumpy rather than smooth.

Put simply it feels clunky. So I am assuming I’ve made a noob error of some kind. However, this seems to be the same basic SFML game loop commonly used. How can I make this fast and slick feeling instead?

#include <SFML/Graphics.hpp>  int main() {     sf::RenderWindow window(sf::VideoMode(200, 200), "SFML works!");     const float FPS = 120.0f; //The desired FPS. (The number of updates each second).     bool redraw = true;      //Do I redraw everything on the screen?     window.setFramerateLimit(FPS);     sf::CircleShape shape2(100.f);     sf::CircleShape shape(10.f);     sf::Clock clock;     shape2.setFillColor(sf::Color::Green);     shape.setFillColor(sf::Color::Red);      sf::CircleShape alien(10.f);     alien.setFillColor(sf::Color::Yellow);     auto alienSpeed = 1.f;         while (window.isOpen())     {         sf::Event event;         float xDelta = 0;         float yDelta = 0;         bool moved = false;         if (window.pollEvent(event))         {            if (event.type == sf::Event::Closed)            {               window.close();            }            if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Left))             {                xDelta -= 1.f;                moved = true;             }             else if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Right))             {                xDelta += 1.f;                moved = true;             }             if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Up))             {                yDelta -= 1.f;                moved = true;             }             else if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Down))             {                yDelta += 1.f;                moved = true;             }         }          if (xDelta !=0 || yDelta != 0)         {            shape.move(xDelta,yDelta);         }          alien.move(alienSpeed, 0.f);         if (alien.getPosition().x >= 190)         {            alienSpeed = -1.f;         }         else if (alien.getPosition().x <= 0)         {            alienSpeed = 1.f;         }          if(redraw)         {            window.clear();            window.draw(shape2);            window.draw(shape);            window.draw(alien);            window.display();         }     }      return 0; } 

Note: cross posted to https://en.sfml-dev.org/forums/index.php?topic=27617.0