How to view FPS for games on Android [No root]

FPS or frames per second is a measure of how well a game runs on a system. You will mostly see desktop, or PC users to be precise, concerned with the frame rate they’re getting. In fact, more enthusiastic gamers buy better, newer, faster hardware just for the added benefit of getting a higher frame rate but FPS is not a measure limited to desktop games. Mobile games too have an FPS and it’s effected by the hardware of the device. Here’s how you van view FPS for games on Android.

You do NOT need a rooted device in order to view FPS for games on Android with this method however, you will need to have a PC nearby. Additionally, the tool that we’re going to use is free but it does record and share your performance data in exchange for using it. If you’re uncomfortable with this you have two options; not using this tool, or using the paid/pro version of the tool that will let you opt-out of data sharing.

While this post specifically targets games, this method will work for any and all apps on your device.

Set Up GameBench

The tool we’re using to get the FPS for games on Android is called GameBench. You have to use the community edition of the app that’s available on the Google Play Store and is free. Install the app on your Android device.

Next, go to this link, and install the GameBench app for your Windows or Mac system.

On Android

Connect your Android device to your PC via a data cable, and enable USB debugging from the developer options inside the Settings app. Run the GameBench app on your device and go to your PC.

On PC

Run the GameBench app and wait for it to find your device. Once it’s found the device, you will see a prompt telling you the same on your Android phone/tablet and you can disconnect the device from your PC.

View FPS for games

Once everything is set up, open GameBench and you will see a list of apps installed on your system. Tap an app from the list and it will open the app with a frame rate overlay on the top right.

Frame rates tend to fluctuate and you will see the fluctuation reflected live in the overlay. When you’re done, tap the Stop button. You will be redirected to the GameBench app with a summary of the frame rate that it had while it was running.

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Minecraft Windows 10 vs Java version: Which should you buy?

Minecraft was originally a Java based game until Microsoft bought it. The company has left Minecraft mostly untuoched in that the team continues to develop it to the same standard before with one exception. There is a Minecraft UWP version of the game. The Java version is still alive and in active development but since Minecraft is a popular game title, having it as a UWP app is a good way to promote these types of apps.

Minecraft Windows 10 vs Java version

The two versions are a lot alike as far as features are concerned and by features, we mean the various items, mobs, and biomes that appear in the game, as well as its general mechanics. That said, there are differences between the game as well and they impact game play to a great extent.

Bugs, bugs, and bugs

Games, particularly those as complex as Minecraft will have bugs in them. The Java version has its own glitches and the Windows 10 version has its own bugs but the Java version has been around for a good ten years and the Windows 10 version has not.

As such, the bugs in the UWP version of the app are far worse than those in the Java version. You may notice that mob spawn rates, as well as biome diversity has suffered somewhat in both versions of the app but on the UWP version, it’s particularly bad. The spawn rate is poor enough to make the game’s objective far more difficult to reach.

The point is, while both versions have bugs, the UWP version has bugs that impact game play.

Resources and modifications

Minecraft for Windows 10 supports almost all the modifications that the Java version does however, not as many resources for it have been developed. You’ll find plenty of texture packs and shaders for the Java version, and only a handful of them for the Windows 1o version. If you plan to mod the game quite a bit, the Java version is the way to go.

System resource consumption

The Java version of Minecraft is far more resource hungry than the Windows 10 version. This is more a Java problem than a Minecraft problem but there’s been little improvement on that front. If you do not intend to mod the game much, using the Windows 10 version is a better idea. That said, with modifications, the Windows 10 version of the app does run heavy on the system.

Active development

As mentioned earlier, the Java version of Minecraft is still being actively developed and there are no indications that it will be abandoned. If your only reason for switching to the Windows 10 version is you’re worried that the Java one will be discontinued, you should know that Microsoft tends to keep it alive.

Community

Minecaft, as a game, has a large user base that uses the Java version with only a small portion using the Windows 10 version. As such, the creative community builds most things for the Java version. Many in-game mechanics will work the same on both versions but any time it comes to things like texture packs, or adding other external resources/additions to the app, you will find the Windows 10 version will be left behind.

Cross platform multi-player

Minecraft is a desktop game but other versions of it do exist for other gaming platforms. There are even dedicated mobile versions of the game. Both the Java version and the Windows 10 version allows you to play with other players via servers etc., however with the Windows 10 version, the players can be from any platform; mobile, desktop, or console. The Java version does not have this option and there’s no way to force it.

Controller support

This is one of the bigger difference between the Java and Windows 10 versions of the app and it may, or may not matter depending how you want to play the game.

As of writing, the Java version does not support controllers out of the box. There are hacks to get them working but they’re hacks. The Windows 10 version supports controllers out of the box without any problems or complications.

Servers

Servers for both Java and Windows 10 versions are available however, due to the age of the Java version and it having more players overall, the Java servers far outnumber the Windows 10 ones and they are much better in most aspects.

Functional differences

While similar, Minecraft Windows 10 and the Java version are not identical. There’s a list of exclusive features that the Windows 10 version has that you can check out. If you see anything you’d like no matter what, consider going with the UWP version of the game.

Summary

The Minecraft Java version is more stable, has a larger community, and supports better maps, servers, and modifications that the Windows 10 version does not even come close to matching.

The Minecraft Windows 10 version has some exclusive features, controller support, and allows you to play with other players who are playing from different platforms.

Most people are of the opinion that if you like to play by yourself, focus on the core of the game, or just have fun in creative mode, the Windows 10 version is for you. If you want to play on servers, heavily mod the game so that it practically looks like Skyrim, the Java version is for you.

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How to change text color for signs in Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world where you can make just about anything if you’re creative enough. The world does have its rules but you’ll be surprised to learn how players work around them, and the little hidden tricks the game has for players to discover to this day. It’s ten years old but you can still learn something new like how you can change the text color for signs in Minecraft.

Signs can be made out of any type of wood but the default color for them is black. It’s fine if your sign is made of Oak but if you’re using Dark Oak, it’s hard to read. Here’s how you can change the text color for signs. This works for both the Java version and the UWP version of the app.

The Section symbol

In order to change text color for signs, you need to declare the color before you start entering the text for the sign. The color is declared by entering the Section symbol § followed by the color code. On Windows 10, you can enter this symbol by holding down the Alt key and tapping 0167 on the number pad.

Color codes

Minecraft has different color codes. You can check what each color looks like by visiting DigMinecraft. The codes for the respective colors are as below;

Color Code
Dark Red §4
Red §c
Gold §6
Yellow §e
Dark Green §2
Green §a
Aqua §b
Dark Aqua §3
Dark Blue §1
Blue §9
Light Purple §d
Dark Purple §5
White §f
Gray §7
Dark Gray §8
Black §0

Using color codes

Now that you know what color code to use, you can start changing the color of the text. In Minecraft, place a sign and enter the text editing mode. Enter the section symbol followed by the color code. Without adding any extra space, enter the text you want to show on the sign. If the text overflows to another line, you will have to enter the color code before the second line.

Example

§fThis is a test §fsign

You can also apply bold, underline, and italic styles to text. They will each require a code of their own and they can be used with color codes.

Style codes

The codes for the various styles are given below;

Description Code
Bold §l
Strikethrough §m
Underline §n
Italic §o

If you want to use both a color code and a style code, reference the example below to use them.

§f§lsign text

This will give you bold white text. Again, you will have to enter this at the start of each line on the sign. If the text overflows to a second line and this code isn’t present at the start, the text color of the second line will be the default black.

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How to play Classic Minesweeper on macOS

Minesweeper is an old game. It was one of the earlier games that could be played on computers back in the 60s and 70s. It’s gone through a lot of variations however, the version that was popularized by Microsoft when it introduced the game on its Windows OS is what most people recognize. There are lots of other iterations of this game but that particular one seems to have stuck with most users. You can still play Classic Minesweeper on Windows 10, however, there are also lots of apps that let you Classic Minesweeper on macOS. Minesweeper – Classic Game is one app that’s both free, and that fits the bill.

Classic Minesweeper on macOS

Download Minesweeper – Classic Game from the Mac App Store.

Run the app and you’ll have Classic Minesweeper. This app replicates the game and not so much the version that Microsoft released for Windows. You get three difficulty levels; Easy, Hard, and Expert. The same rules apply to win the game. You have to avoid the mines or the game ends with every single one of them going off.

The game doesn’t have any settings other than the option to turn the sound off.

We mentioned earlier that this app doesn’t replicate the app that Microsoft introduced and to that end, it doesn’t let you create a custom grid for the game. The ‘Easy’ level gives you a smaller grid to play on with the other two levels giving you larger grids to play.

There are other Minesweeper apps available for macOS, some paid, some free. If you’re looking for something a little different, give ProximityMines: Minesweeper a try. The app is free but the free version only allows you to play on a small grid at the easiest level. For more advanced features, you have to buy the full version with costs about $5 and will unlock everything.

There are also online versions of the game as well so you’re not starved for choice.

Minesweeper isn’t exactly a complex game but it’s a fun puzzle game to play to kill a little time. No version of it is ever going to be demanding enough that you’d need a high-performance Mac. Even an older version will do however, with Catalina only a few months away from being released to everyone, these two apps are a good option because they’re both 64-bit. Catalina will no longer allow 32-bit apps to run so make sure any new apps you install are 64-bit.

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How to install Shaders for Minecraft UWP

Minecraft doesn’t have the fanciest, most high-end graphics. It is, after all, a game made of blocks however, users have been able to make it look much better than it does out of the box with texture packs. Texture packs are great but if you want to add a hyper-real look to Minecraft, shaders are the way to go. Here’s how you can install Shaders on Minecraft UWP for Windows 10.

Shaders for Minecraft UWP

There aren’t a lot of Shaders available for Minecraft UWP. Those that are built for the Java version will not work with the UWP version of the game which means your choices are going to be limited. That said, you can still find a few nice looking shaders for the game. Just make sure it is built for Windows 10 or for the UWP version of the app. For the sake of this post, we’re going with the Chocapic Shaders. Go ahead and look for any other shader and download it. It will download as a .mcpack file.

Install Shaders for Minecraft UWP

Navigate to the folder that you downloaded the Shader to. By default, it will be detected as a file that can be opened with Minecraft. Double-click it and it will open Minecraft. You will see a ‘Import Started’ message.

The import only takes a few seconds so you should see another message telling you the import was successful.

Click the Settings button on the game’s welcome screen and then select ‘Global Resources’ from the column on the left. In the pane on right, you will see the Shader that you added. Select it, and click the plus button to add it. Return to the main screen.

The Shader will take a few seconds to load but once it does, the world view behind the buttons on the main Minecraft screen will change to reflect the Shaders that you added. Go ahead and load up a world to play in.

Uninstall Shaders

If you want to remove a shader from Minecraft, you can unload it so that only the default texture loads or you can uninstall it completely. To unload a shader, open Minecraft, click the Settings button, and in the column on the left, select Global Resources. In the pane on the right, select the Shader and click the minus button under it. This will unload it.

To uninstall it, tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box. Enter the following, and tap the Enter key.

%LocalAppData%

In the folder that opens, navigate to the following location and delete the shader from the ‘resource_packs’ folder.

Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\resource_packs

Limitations

Shaders tend to slow down Minecraft or they require a more capable system for the game to run smoothly. You might see the UWP version slow down considerably after installing a shader.

A shader for Minecraft UWP is a lot like a texture pack with some differences. These differences are more pronounced on the Java version but not so much with the UWP version. You will have to manage your own expectations here.

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