Asphalt 9 Legends ended up under the magnifying glass of Digital Foundry, who defined it as one of the most technically valid titles among those published so far on mobile.
To perform the technical analysis, all three platforms available, namely iOS, Android and PC (through Windows Store), have been taken into account. Apparently, Asphalt 9 Legends behaves very well, taking advantage of the effects in post processing and offering highly detailed scenarios.
Even cars have an interesting level of detail, with some models able to exceed 90,000 polygons. Among the graphics features supported include HDR and tonemapping, the excellent management of particle effects and a quality motion blur.
“Powered by Gameloft Barcelona’s in-house Jet Engine, the focus for Asphalt 9 is to balance all of these high-end features with the limitations of mobile hardware while delivering smooth performance,” writes John Linnemann in his article, stating that compared to the previous chapter the steps taken forward are remarkable.
On iPhone X the game easily reaches 60 frames per second, even if in this case the battery life decreases drastically. The settings provided on Apple devices are standard, while on Android you have access to three alternatives: the default settings, the setting that favors fluidity and finally the one that improves the visual impact. “Playing with a pad demonstrates that Asphalt 9 would hold up as a standard console game,” adds Digital Foundry, recognizing that a Nintendo Switch hybrid edition would be ideal.
Below is the complete video of the technical analysis.