Flash versus HTML5

Flash or HTML5? What are the Pros and Cons?

As visuals and graphics evolve, our eyes get used to what the hottest visuals and images offer. As we get used to such resolutions, we start to demand better and better specs each time.

On YouTube, for example, once upon a time, we were happy with 360p on that left hand corner of the screen. Now, we have 1080p in HD and 2160p in 4k. It’s 2019, not 2005, and 360p just won’t cut it anymore—graphics of this caliber wouldn’t get you farther than 1st base.

As an iGaming operator, you wouldn’t wanna spoil all the fun by using outdated stuff.

The times are changing, and you better keep up if you don’t wanna drop dead.

One of the factors that you have to take into consideration is the never ending debate between Flash and HTML5. Which is the ultimate winner?

As an online casino, your games rely on many different types of visuals and graphics in order to make playing fun, engaging, thrilling, and exciting. Using either HTML5 or Flash is vital for your content and graphics to display successfully.

HTML5 is a markup language that allows web browsers (your very own Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) to interpret the graphics and content you wanna display. Flash, on the other hand, is a multimedia software platform used to display interactive web pages, online games and to play audio and video content. In the simplest of terms, HTML5 is a language that interprets, Flash is a platform that displays.

In terms of coming out to the market, Flash came out first, having been installed on desktop computers from the early 2000s, around the years the first Gen Zs were forming their first sentences. HTML5, on the other hand, was released in 2014, a year in which those Gen Zs are making a fuss about prom. In this respect, HTML5’s an offspring of new technology, having been the latest HTML version, while Flash belongs to older technology.

HTML5 is supported by all browsers from the get-go. It’s built-in. You may not understand it entirely, but it’s okay—you have it anyway in your browser. Flash, however, is, by default, separated from your browser. You have to take the extra step of installing the Flash plugin. In terms of convenience, HTML5 has the advantage and Flash gets the disadvantage.

Performance requirements also differ. HTML5 requires lower processing power, while Flash requires higher processing power. Operating on higher processing power works well with devices with high specs, but they will crash in devices with lower specs.

As for costs, HTML5, having been built-in, is freely available from the get-go. Flash, on the other hand, is paid. You get the whole package, though, which comes with support, license, all the stuff on the checklist they’re marketing you, etc.

As implied above, support is where Flash gets the advantage. Flash comes from Adobe, and they’ve got good audio and video support. HTML5’s support varies—kind of like a hit or miss. It lacks built-in support.

For tools, HTML5 has Construct 2 as its editor, while Flash has its own builder. HTML5’s is built-in and free while Flash is, as mentioned, paid.

HTML5 can help you with the hunger games of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It’s built-in, after all. Flash can’t help you with this, having been a separate plugin.

For the Display, HTML5 content looks differently on different web browsers and devices. Flash gets the advantage of having the same appearance across all devices.

Lastly, for added graphics, animation, and visual, HTML5 needs JavaScript or CSS3 in order to make animations happen. Flash thrives in animations and motion graphics as a primary feature.

Choices differ from one iGaming Operator to another, but there’s one thing you need to keep in mind: You cannot escape the significant step of choosing between these two, or choosing both, as you must put the enjoyment of your players as your top of mind. There’s no point in making an iGaming website if the display won’t abide by their wishes.

In case of any problems, have a support team that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, so that any problems that arise can be taken care of instantly.