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Physics Profiler

The Physics Profiler displays statistics about physics that have been processed by the physics engine in your Scene. This information can help you diagnose and resolve performance issues or unexpected discrepancies related to the physics in your Scene.

See also Physics Debug Visualization.

Physics Profiler
Physics Profiler

Properties

Property Function
Active Dynamic The number of non-Kinematic Rigidbody components that are not sleeping.
Active Kinematic The number of Kinematic Rigidbody components that are not sleeping. Note that Kinematic Rigidbody components with joints attached may be processed multiple times per frame, and this contributes to the number shown. A Kinematic Rigidbody is active when MovePosition or MoveRotation is called in a frame, and remains active in the next frame.
Static Colliders The number of Collider components on GameObjects that don’t have Rigidbody components attached to the GameObjects or their parent GameObjects. If such GameObjects or their parent GameObjects have Rigidbody components, the Colliders will not count as Static Colliders. Those Colliders are instead referred to as Compound Colliders. These help to arrange multiple Colliders of a body in a convenient way, rather than having all the Colliders on the same GameObject as the Rigidbody component.
Rigidbody The number of Rigidbody components processed by the physics engine, irrespective of the components’ sleeping state.
Trigger Overlaps The number of overlapping triggers (counted in pairs).
Active Constraints The number of primitive constraints processed by the physics engine. Constraints are used as a building block of Joints as well as collision response. For example, restricting a linear or rotational degree of freedom of a ConfigurableJoint involves a primitive constraint per each restriction.
Contacts The total number of contact pairs between all Colliders in the Scene, including the amount of trigger overlap pairs as well. Note that contact pairs are created per Collider pair once the distance between them is below a certain user configurable limit, so you may see contacts generated for Rigidbody components that are not yet touching or overlapping. Refer to Collider.contactOffset and ContactPoint.separation for more details.

Notes:

  • The numbers might not correspond to the exact number of GameObjects with physics components in your Scene. This is because some physics components are processed at a different rate depending on which other components affect it (for example, an attached Joint component). To calculate the exact number of GameObjects with specific physics components attached, write a custom script using the FindObjectsOfType function.

  • The Physics Profiler does not show the number of sleeping Rigidbody components. These are components which are not engaging with the physics engine, and are therefore not processed by the Physics Profiler. Refer to Rigidbody overview: Sleeping for more information on sleeping Rigidbody components.

Using the Physics Profiler to understand performance issues

The physics simulation runs on a separate fixed frequency update cycle from the main logic’s update loop, and can only advance time via a Time.fixedDeltaTime per call. This is similar to the difference between Update() and FixedUpdate() (see documentation on the Time Manager for more).

When a heavy logics or graphics frame occurs that takes a long amount of time, the Physics Profiler has to call the physics simulation multiple times per frame. This means that an already resource-intensive frame takes even more time and resources, which can easily cause the physics simulation to temporarily stop due to the Maximum Allowed Timestep value (which can be set in Edit > Project Settings > Time).

You can detect this in your project by selecting the CPU Usage Profiler and checking the number of calls for Physics.Processing or Physics.Simulate in the Overview section.

Physics Profiler with the value of 1 in the Calls column
Physics Profiler with the value of 1 in the Calls column

In this example image, the value of 1 in the Calls column indicates that the physics simulation was called one time over the last logical frame.

A call count close to 10 might indicate an issue. As a first solution, reduce the frequency of the physics simulation; if the issue continues, check what could have caused the heavy frame right before the Physics Profiler had to use that many simulation calls in order to catch up with the game time. Sometimes, a heavy graphics frame may cause more physics simulation calls later on in a Scene.

For more detailed information about the physics simulation in your Scene, click the triangle arrow to expand Physics.Processing as shown in the screenshot above. This displays the actual names of the physics engine tasks that run to update your Scene. The two most common names you’re likely to see are:

  • Pxs: short for ‘PhysX solver’, which are physics engine tasks required by joints as well as resolving contacts for overlapping bodies.

  • ScScene: used for tasks required for updating the Scene, running the broad phase and narrow phase, and integrating bodies (moving them in space due to forces and impulses). See Steven M. LaValle’s work on Planning Algorithms for a definition on two-phase collision detection phases.

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