Following the gaming performance benchmark of the Nova 3i and OPPO F9, a lot of you got interested to know how Honor Play stacks in the competition. Honor Play is regarded for its insane price in the market, making it one of the favored devices in  by Filipinos next to Pocofone F1.

Today we’re pitting the Honor Play to the OPPO F9. Don’t dismiss it just yet to be an unfair comparison because things get so interesting as you read through the result of our benchmark and our assessment.  OPPO F9 is a lot pricier than Honor Play, and that – at face value – puts the latter at the competitive edge.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 22 - Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9However, most people prefer the F9 for its hardware design, VOOC charging and competitive camera performance. It is rather expected how OPPO F9 toppled Nova 3i in the gaming performance square off, but we didn’t expect it to be able to catch up with Honor Play. More details down below.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 33 - Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9Similar to what we have done in the past, we will be utilizing the same methodology for this gaming comparison. We played 4 most requested games on both devices: Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, Dragon Nest and Real Racing 3. As we did so in the past, for this gaming performance comparison, we used our preferred gaming benchmark tool GameBench. Using this tool, we can monitor and spot slow-downs that impact on perceived fluidity and touch-responsiveness. We are also able to monitor and assess the amount of power drain, and eventually, conclude how much time you can play a specific game at one full charge. There are 4 things we want you to focus on when reading this comparison:

  • FPS
  • CPU Usage
  • mA Consumption (Battery)
  • Memory Usage

PUBG Mobile

Frames per second (Higher is better)

CPU Usage (Lower is better)

Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

Dragon Nest

Frames per second (Higher is better)

CPU Usage (Lower is better)

Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

Real Racing 3

Frames per second (Higher is better)

CPU Usage (Lower is better)

Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

Arena of Valor (AoV)

Frames per second (Higher is better)

CPU Usage (Lower is better)

Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

Assessment:

The games we played are among the most resource demanding games available for Android today, PUBG Mobile performed obviously better on Honor Play than OPPO F9 by a significant number of average FPS. For a competitive game such as PUBG Mobile, it is crucial to maintaining a good number of average frame rate and latency. Honor Play performed best, and this has something to do with its proper balancing of CPU and memory utilization.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 3 - Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9In a full round of PUBG Mobile – approximately 30 minutes – Honor Play used higher CPU and memory resources than OPPO F9. You can go and check out the data we prepared above for your reference. It is obvious that both phones were throttling their performance in order to achieve the best average FPS for smooth gameplay.

The same case happened basically in all of the games we played on both devices, with the exception of average FPS on Dragon Nest, Real Racing 3 and AoV. Notice in that the margin of difference interns of FPS on aforementioned games are slim compared to PUBG. I conclude the OPPO F9 is a highly capable and competitive gaming smartphone, even able to reach the same performance results of the Honor Play.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 2 - Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9OPPO F9 did not push itself to its limit but instead prioritized energy efficiency even when playing with Game Acceleration enabled. This is the reason why it consumed less energy, less CPU and memory resources, but achieve a relatively good performance. If only OPPO had a better gaming-centric mode on OPPO F9, we would have been seeing a very tight margin vs Honor Play.

Verdict

Hands down, Honor Play performs better than the OPPO F9. We all expected this, but what we weren’t prepared to see was OPPO F9’s ability to catch up despite having a mid-range SoC.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 11 - Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9One key takeaway here is that performance isn’t all about processor and SoC. There is a lot of things to consider: optimization, resources consumption efficiency and battery performance. OPPO F9’s competitive edge may not be its price, but you’re sure that you’ll play your favorite games longer, thanks to Mediatek’s superb battery optimization. I honestly thought that OPPO must think of a way to add another throttling preset that would allow gamers to prefer play games at highest FPS even a the cost of consuming battery juice.

Next up: Honor Play vs Pocophone F1! Stay tuned!

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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