Posted by Greg Hartrell, Product Director, Video games on Android & Google Play
Whether or not you’re working in your first sport or your subsequent season go, Google stays dedicated to serving to you throughout the event and publishing lifecycle. At our Google for Video games Developer Summit, I used to be privileged to share some thrilling new instruments and insights from Android and Google Play that may assist builders such as you construct video games for everybody.
Try our video playlist to observe the keynote and product periods on demand, or preserve studying for a fast recap of the highlights.
Constructing nice Android video games
App high quality is the muse of all the things we do at Android and Google Play, and since each consumer issues, now we have up to date our strategy to technical high quality with extra emphasis on the consumer expertise.
Google Play’s technical high quality bar now makes use of new user-perceived crash and ANR metrics, which we consider on a per-device foundation in addition to total. We’ve launched an 8% high quality bar on the gadget stage, and we now steer customers on Google Play away from titles that don’t meet this threshold on their cellphone. That can assist you meet these pointers, we’ve launched numerous new options in Android vitals to make it simpler to observe and act on points. Be taught extra about these options in this session and about our high quality bar on this weblog publish.
- Efficiency is one other key side of technical high quality and for a easy consumer expertise, video games on Google Play ought to goal for not less than 30 frames per second. That can assist you attain this purpose, we’ve simply launched body fee metrics for video games in Android vitals. You’ll be able to see these metrics in Play Console or with the Developer Reporting API. In the end, we’ll begin steering customers away from video games that can’t obtain 20 frames per second on their cellphone. Be taught extra in regards to the new metric in this session.
|Android vitals in Play Console now presents body fee metrics that will help you perceive how easy and fluid your sport feels to customers.|
We’ve additionally launched a variety of recent instruments and providers that will help you enhance the standard of your sport.
- We introduced updates to Firebase Crashlytics to enhance the standard of Unity stack traces, together with Unity on-demand-fatal occasion reporting. We additionally now help the symbolication of native Android ANRs, and can quickly help reminiscence debugging for GWP-ASAN-enabled video games.
- We’re additionally introducing a collection of Adaptability APIs to the Android Recreation Growth Package to assist your sport reply to altering gadget efficiency and thermal situations. The Android Dynamic Efficiency Framework features a hinting library that may ship indicators about your workload to the CPU, so your sport can faucet into efficiency once you want it and save energy once you don’t. There’s additionally a Thermal API to hear throughout runtime for when the gadget is about to thermally throttle as a way to regulate your workloads to easy efficiency with out overheating the gadget.Be taught extra about these updates in this session.
Connecting with gamers
Constructing and connecting together with your gamers is vital to success for a lot of video games, which is why we’re creating extra alternatives that will help you discover new gamers or have interaction and re-acquire current ones.
- We relaunched our LiveOps instruments as Promotional content material and made it accessible to extra builders. Eligible builders can add promotional property in Play Console to advertise in-game occasions, presents and offers, and main updates, and customise that content material for brand spanking new or returning customers.
- Customized retailer listings will let you create as much as 50 totally different retailer listings with totally different descriptions and graphic property based mostly on nation, pre-registration standing, and extra. We’ve now launched inactive customized retailer listings, so you possibly can goal churned customers with a unique story about the way to come again to your sport.
- We additionally introduced the early entry program for Machine Translation within the Play Console, which may translate your sport’s strings in minutes. This makes use of Google Translate and the best-in-class transformer-based language fashions for high quality translation in over 8 languages together with Simplified Chinese language and Japanese. Enroll right here to be one of many first builders to attempt it.
Reaching larger with massive screens
Massive screens supply new alternatives for an enhanced gaming expertise. Our analysis exhibits that almost all of cellphone house owners have entry to a big display, like a pill, Chromebook, or PC, and players wish to play their video games throughout these screens. Massive screens provide the actual property to implement high-resolution graphics, reap the benefits of multi-tasking or foldable-specific experiences, and add keyboard, mouse, and sport controller help to present customers extra management.
The great thing about Android is that your video games might be simply tailored for all these screens and we’ve made a number of updates to make the consumer expertise higher.
|Simply adapt your sport to totally different kind components so your customers can play every time and wherever they need.|
(Instance proven right here is Asphalt 9: Legends, topic to sport availability and PC compatibility.)
- Though every kind issue has its distinctive benefits, you don’t have to customise your sport for each independently. Watch this session to make sure nice playability throughout large-screen platforms.
- Google Play Video games for PC, now in beta in 13 international locations, is increasing to Japan and international locations in Europe within the coming months and can also be increasing its catalog to incorporate high video games like Garena Free Fireplace, Ludo King, and MapleStory M.
- And beginning at the moment, we’re making it a lot simpler to affix Google Play Video games on PC together with your current cellular construct, whether or not you help x86 or not. By our partnership with Intel, now you can submit your cellular construct when you work on optimization — no have to recompile for x86 straight away.
You’ll be able to be taught extra about these updates in this weblog publish or categorical curiosity in becoming a member of Google Play Video games on PC.
Google Play Video games on PC is out there to obtain in 13 international locations. Please see g.co/googleplaygames for extra data. Recreation titles could fluctuate by area.