GameBench Performance Badges: The Standard for Seamless Gaming Experiences

Clients of GameBench services, including both game makers and device makers, are already familiar with our performance rating system. They use our simple, color-coded badges on a regular basis, often monthly or quarterly, to help them visualize key data and make vital decisions such as:

  • How does my game perform on the most important devices compared to similar games in its category?
  • How does my device perform compared to the competition when running the most popular mobile games in the market?
  • Where does my team need to focus resources to prevent a lack of gaming performance hurting commercial performance? 

In fact, our badges have become so important to so many decisions, from development all the way through to marketing, that it's about time we revisited what the badges mean and how they're evolving.

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Rating the Network Resilience of Mobile Games and Devices with GameBench

There are plenty of tools available that let app creators check whether poor connectivity is hurting their users. However, such app-centric solutions have rarely been tailored to the needs of game studios or gamer-focused OEMs, especially now that network-heavy games (including streamed games) have become more popular.

At GameBench Labs, we've now worked on numerous projects for our clients that involve monitoring and rating the network resilience of gaming products, so we'd like to share a few things we've learned along the way.

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  • GameBench Staff
  • 17. June 2020
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Huawei P40 Pro Delivers Ultra 90fps Performance in High-Fidelity Games

GameBench Labs regularly conducts confidential performance tests for its clients. Occasionally, and with the explicit consent of those clients, we will publish those results for the benefit of the gaming community. This article is one such example where Huawei, a GameBench client, has allowed the results of commissioned tests to be shared. 

DISCLAIMER: Huawei is a GameBench client, like many device and game makers, and it sent us pre-release devices and a list of popular Tencent games to test. However, Huawei had no control over our test methodology, results or performance ratings, which are standardised across all our testing projects.

If you've been following the launch of the P40 Pro, you might have spotted that this new Huawei phone sports a 90Hz display rather than the 60Hz that is typical of iPhones and older Androids. A quicker refresh rate is potentially of interest to gamers, promising smoother and more responsive gameplay, but only if games actually animate consistently at this higher speed. And that's a big 'if'. 

In fact, ever since the first 90Hz and 120Hz phones started coming out a couple of years ago, we've found that the overwhelming majority have failed to maintain their marketed rates of animation for any length of time, particularly in high-fidelity competitive games that would benefit most from the technology. The optimisation between hardware and software just wasn't there.

Fortunately for gamers, the P40 Pro is different. It achieves our GameBench Ultra 90 badge with both Game for Peace and QQ Speed, reflecting solid 90fps animation even after prolonged gameplay. Read on to see our test data. 

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True 144fps Gaming Arrives on Mobile with the Nubia Red Magic 5G

We've seen smartphones promising >100fps gaming before, but Nubia's new handset is the first we've benchmarked that actually delivers stable 144fps gameplay in a real-world scenario. With its Snapdragon 865 chipset and active cooling, this phone offers some blistering frame rates at 90Hz and 60Hz too -- take a look at our frame rate stats below! 

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Measuring CPU Usage in Mobile Devices

If you have ever wanted to measure the CPU Usage of a mobile app or game and you are stuck, then read on to find out how this can be achieved. 

The fundamental goal of any app or game is to provide a great experience to the user. For games, frames per second is a good measure of this. When your game is not able to provide a good experience you are naturally curious about resource usage in your system. It could likely be that the game is bottlenecked by either the CPU/ GPU or memory bandwidth. These three fundamental areas are the first stop when looking to identify performance issues. Let’s look at how to measure CPU Usage in both Android and iOS devices. 

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