The Effects of Adaptive Synchronization on Performance and Experience in Gameplay

Benjamin Watson, Ajinkya Gavane, Rachit Shrivastava
2019 Eurographics State of the Art Reports  
As graphics (GPU) hardware has improved, fixed refresh rate displays became a significant throttle on graphics performance. GPU and display manufacturers therefore introduced adaptive synchronization (Async), which allows displays to adaptively synchronize to GPUs, avoiding rendering stalls and improving frame rate mean and variation. This research is a first experimental examination of the effects of Async on the experience of dedicated (but not professional) gamers. Participants played a
more » ... -person shooter (FPS) game, both with Async on and with Async off. After each game session, we assessed participant emotional state and gaming performance. We learned that at least for this popular FPS, Async can improve gaming performance, and may also benefit experience. We also found that Async has intriguing relationships to game familiarity and years of gameplay that merit additional investigation. Further research should examine these relationships, as well as Async's effects in systems with higher frame rates.
doi:10.2312/egp.20191048 fatcat:adum6wkchneifi4zep4biuofm4