The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (review) are perhaps some of the most high profile smartphones launched in a while. For Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India, specifications include an Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC, Mali-G71 MP20 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. The US version has the same amount of memory, but it gets Qualcomm's MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor and an Adreno 540 GPU. According to our Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ review, the Exynos version has proven to be an absolute beast in terms of benchmarks.
A glitzy reveal promised support for VR, syncing with your appliances (if they’re from Samsung), and even Bixby (its bespoke digital assistant). If you're planning to make use of all the horsepower that comes with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, then you’re probably going to spend more time playing games than anything else.
To find out how well the phones work in terms of real-world performance, we took some of our favourite, more graphically intensive games for a spin with this new mobile hardware. Basic 2D titles like Candy Crush Saga or simple games like Subway Surfers work fine on even entry-level phones, so they're not on the list below. If you're serious about gaming on your phone, here's what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Before playing a game, set the resolution on your Galaxy S8
Borrowing a page from PC gaming, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ support a variety of resolutions. In our Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ review we noted that both phones have a native resolution of 1440x2960 pixels, out of the box, they’re downscaled to 1080x2220.
You can change this in the Settings menu with the help of slider to hit its native 1440x2960 resolution, or drop to 720x1480 pixels. The lowest resolution makes text appear jagged, and also lowers details in-game, to make for a not so ideal experience. The screen sizes coupled with the higher resolution options ensure that there’s little to choose between the other two in most cases. Personally, we prefer the highest resolution, or the WQHD+ option as it is called, with Game Mode switched on. What’s that you ask?
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Game Mode, Game Launcher, and Game Tools explained
According to Samsung’s description of it, Game Mode exists to “enhance your gaming experience by making games run more smoothly." And while that might sound simple enough, there’s a lot going on.
Enabling Game Mode in the Device Maintenance section found in Settings also brings Game Launcher, and Game Tools. Game Launcher arranges all your games in one place, and optimises gameplay as per Game Mode settings, while the latter handles tasks like taking screenshots, recording video, and toggling to full screen mode, as not all games support the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
PC gamers should be right at home with these settings and options as they essentially mimic the core functionality of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software for Windows PCs.Read More...
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