Is that performance expected? (considering UE4 runs on iPad3 with no retina support).
Other examples even very simple examples shows low frame rate too ~20 fps.
Is it tweakable? Any tricks to get 60 fps? )
Can we expect reasonable performance in next releases, any timeframe for that?
Well it runs at 30-40 FPS on my laptop which is much, much more powerful than your iPad 3. So I guess there is something wrong with the optimizations, but I believe thats just the case with the early build.
This document is really useful for working out current engine performance levels on various devices.
So yes there will be bits to tweak, probably a bunch of fullscreen effects would be the first to go.
This is quite important if you missed it from the docs on performance guidelines for mobile devices: “Make sure most post process features are disabled. In fact the only ones you can use for iPad4 are Temporal AA and the Film ones, including vignette. A bunch of expensive features like Bloom and DOF are enabled by default as we have the same settings between PC and mobile. Post features can easily cost 60+ms with the default settings. We hope to be able to use Bloom, DOF and light shafts on higher end devices. show postprocessing can be used on device to toggle PP and see how much it is costing.”
There are a number of reasons for this. If you look at the tech specs from iPad 3 → iPad 4, there’s a stark difference. This is mostly because the iPad 3 can barely handle the graphical expense of the retina display, and the fact that its not a whole lot more powerful that the iPad 2. Even if UE4 doesn’t push content at a “native” retina resolution, it still has to be powered by hardware that unfortunately is quickly obsoleting itself (a why the iPad 4 was released so quickly after the 3).
Asking 60 FPS on any mobile device running 3D games built in an engine, running more expensive shaders is bit of an unreasonable expectation, except maybe in menus. Every non-native, engine built game (Unreal, Unity, etc) that I’ve ever worked on, we lock the framerate at 30. This also seems to be standard with other mobile development studios as well.
Here’s a technical spec breakdown - iPad - Wikipedia
Just wondering why post processing is not disabled by default in mobile sample.
Probably because it runs fine as is on iPad Air and iPhone 5s. Mind you, that’s 30 fps on those devices.