NoDo Game Loading Speeds Analyzed for HTC Devices

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The most improved game load speeds
After testing 33 different games (including a few non-Xbox Live games), it can be concluded that load speeds on HTC Windows Phone 7 devices will see that games will load in 2/3 (67%) the time they used to take. That means if a game used to take 45 seconds to load, it should now load in 30 seconds. To see this for yourself, watch our YouTube Video comparing the load speeds of Fruit Ninja, I Dig It, and Rise of Glory.


Based on our sample of 33 different games, half of them used to load slower than 17 seconds, and half of them used to load faster than 17 seconds. If we consider the first group the “Slower Loading” group, then we find that those games loaded in 5/9 (56%) the time they used to, meaning if a game would previously load in 50 seconds, it should take about 22 seconds now. Continue past the break for the rest of the data!
The rest of the load speed data, timed precisely with a 30 frame per second camera
However, the group of games that used to load faster than 17 seconds saw less of an improvement. On average, these faster loading games loaded in 3/4 (75%) the time they used to. Therefore, a game that would load in 12 seconds will now load in 9 seconds. This shows a positive correlation between a game’s initial load speed and its new improvement. Basically, if a game used to take decades to load, it should load a lot faster now; while on the other hand, a game that used to load pretty fast won’t change much.


Also, there are a number of games that remain completely unchanged after the update. Some of those are Deer Hunter 3D, PES 2011, Full House Poker, and more. Overall, NoDo definitely brings some welcome loading speed increases to us MicroSD memory using HTC WP7 owners. Owners of the LG or Samsung phones won’t really notice a difference since those phones use NAND memory. Now the load speeds are practically equal between devices, thanks to Microsoft’s NoDo update.