- Mar 10, 2006
The fact that Bay Trail even with its relatively poor graphics can hold up in these titles decently has me excited for what Cherry Trail will bring.Warning in advance- My results may have been affected by the fact I was using the tablet in a hot environment and with it recently charged(Mine gets pretty hot when charged for a while). The tablet was quite warm to the touch before I launched the game- not sure how much that affects it, just sharing. I also had fraps running the entire time and some people claim it hurts performance- YMMV.
Ok, got bioshock up and running on the T100. Results are mixed. At low/med settings mixed with high textures at 720p it runs mostly in the mid-20's with too many dips down into the teens for my taste- but looks surprisingly good. Native 1366*768 loses only ~2fps, but at this low of fps to begin with I wouldn't suggest it.
If you must have consistent 25+fps then I found good results with 800x600. At that res it still looked good while being very responsive to input and in my ~5 minutes testing never saw it drop below 25fps. Also, if you are a die-hard fps hound you can hit 40-50s at 480p with 30fps being pretty much the floor on your fps, but I wouldn't suggest it because it looks bad.
I saw some dips in strange places like when approaching the bathysphere at the beginning even though that area is graphically simpler than sweeping vistas that had higher framerates. I did not get a chance to test on the more involved multi-enemy boss fights and whatnot because I can't find my old saves- so I make no promises on how that would change FPS.
The game is playable and doesn't look bad, but be warned it will lag occasionally at 720p and higher. I didn't run into any installation issues but I did use an illicit copy online that was pre-patched to v1.1 since I wasn't about to hassle with trying to get my original CD's installed on the tablet. If you own the game and can't get it working I don't think anyone would morally judge you for fixing it this way, Cameron.
Conclusion- If you are either willing to accept low fps and good visuals or mediocre visuals to get good fps- then bioshock is definitely playable on the T100.
Comparison to ios- I'll leave this up to the professionals for the most part because I don't have a setup to capture video and compare it- but just eyeballing it I think the PC version appears to be using a better lighting path even on lowest settings but I am impressed comparing the two how smoothly the iOS version seems to run.