HTML5 still lagging behind Flash

High-end mobile browser gaming still some way off as research finds HTML5 routinely outperformed by Flash.

Despite constantly being touted for some time as the future for mobile gaming, new research has shown that HTML5 remains some way behind Flash in terms of performance.

Software architect Sean Christmann used his benchmarking tool, GUIMark, to assess the current disparity in performance between HTML5 and Flash on nine different mobile devices.

In three tests – bitmap drawing, vector graphics and computation – Flash outperformed HTML5 every single time, often achieving double or triple the framerate. While Christmann openly admits that his work was funded, through his employer, by Adobe, the figures speak for themselves: HTML5 is still far from an ideal platform for mobile gaming.