How to use Samsung Game Tuner to increase 3D games performance at the cost of some eye candy

How to use Samsung Game Tuner to increase 3D games performance at the cost of some eye candy
Some two days ago, Samsung released a nifty app that lets mobile gamers scale down games' 3D graphics in order to bring better performance or save battery life by lessening the demand on processing and graphics hardware. The app is called Game Tuner, and at present, it's only compatible with Samsung's latest and greatest smartphones — the Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. But Samsung will be bringing support for older Samsung devices in the future, as truth be told, these are the ones which will benefit the most from such an app.

In this tutorial, we'll have a quick look at what the application does to let older devices run modern 3D games, or simply perform better in the process. Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, Game Tuner could get plenty of use from mobile gamers down the road.

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23 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

I want an app like this to work for every android device. Now those anti-QHD guys can shut up finally.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Agreed. Would truly be a godsend

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This needs to be built into gaming apps instead of a standalone system level app. Every game developer can literally choose what resolution to render in and most of them choose the system res or close to it. They could have these settings in game like in PC games and that whole nightmare can be put to rest once and for all.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This should be made available from Android's core! Well, not just Androids but, iPhones as well as Windows. Or maybe just built in within all the HD games (or apps if any) to scale down or make the graphic less intense.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Windows games already have option to adjust resolution and details in game settings.

7. nodes

Posts: 1140; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

iPhones/iPads don't need it. these devices never lag when it comes to gaming.

12. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

That's a way off statement. Many iPad games only work great on the latest devices. An app like this would help the performance on older devices. Not to mention, I still get stuttering and lag on my iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus. I am sure upgrading to the latest and greatest devices would fix that stutter, but why should I? They are only a year old!

17. FluffyBled unregistered

They are always in low resolution ... what did you expect?

19. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Umm lol are you high?

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I know as fact that hearthstone kills your battery like a beast. Lowering a few things could yield some interesting results I expect. Great app. I think that samsng should really consider to make the app preinstalled on future phones. This is really useful.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

We're talking about mobile platforms so I naturally assumed all would understand. I mean Windows Mobile... And of course I know windows have that options.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

s**tzzz! I hate when this happens. This comment is a reply to no. 4, Ty Lannister!

9. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Tried installing this on Galaxy S5 and other devices but the app gives a parsing error on installing.

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

if you read the post you would notice that this app is only compatible with the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus at this time.........

14. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Yes Yes I read the article but there's plenty apps made for certain devices that directly work with or can be made to work with by editing the build.prop file. And now I know this doesn't work.

11. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Yes, yes. As always it helps reading the article.

15. yemkoid

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Like I mentioned, Samsung should bring this to Note 4 and I'll keep my N4 a bit longer

18. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6 run everything well without an app like that. If Samsung's QHD is the problem causing lower FPS for games (vs iPhones), then they shouldn't use QHD until their chips are powerful enough.

20. Shocky unregistered

I agree display and GPU performance are obviously the cause but this app is another solution and it works. This way we get the high resolution for the interface and better performance for games, it's win win. Well done Samsung for being the first to offer us this control.

21. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

You might be right that it's a good solution. I'll try it out later with my Samsung S6:) I use both iPhone 6S and Samsung S6 to play games. And iPhone 6S run much better in games with max graphics and FPS. Samsung S7 should at least match the A9 chip.

23. Shocky unregistered

It's no competition, the GPU in the Apple A9 is twice as fast even with both devices at 1080p(based on gfxbench). I just don't understand why Apple didn't bump up the resolution, they have more than enough performance, it's actually a bit of a waste.

22. Shocky unregistered

It would also be nice if they could include some addition graphics options, anti aliasing or anisotropic filtering. Maybe some shader based methods to reduce the performance hit. Early days though, definitely a step in the right direction.

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Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2016

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