Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge Game Launcher walkthrough
posted by Victor H. / Mar 16, 2016, 5:46 AM
One of the most notable new features on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 series (S7 and S7 Edge) is the Game launcher.
What is it all about and how can you make best use of it? We walk you through all the important features of the new Game launcher right below.
A place for all your games
You can find the Game launcher as a separate folder icon on your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and once you tap on it, you'd see that it automatically aggregates all of your games in one place. In case some of your installed games do not appear in the Game launcher folder, you can manually add them as well.
So why do you need the game launcher? Here are six things that it allows you to do in order to get a more immersive gaming experience:
1. Toggle alerts on and off during a game
This is a very straightforward option: when you turn off alerts during a game, you are basically telling your phone to not disturb you with the worries of the outside world while you are playing. While this might be a bit excessive for casual gamers, if you are looking to beat a score or perform well in multiplayer games, enabling this option would be quite useful.
2. Lock recent and back keys
How many times have you interrupted your game by accidentally pressing the back key? We know we've done it more than once, and it's always very annoying. With the option to disable these two keys while playing you are basically eliminating that possibility, and we would enable this option for all of our games.
3. Minimize game
Screenshot is self-explanatory: tap on this button to capture a screenshot and share it with your friends, be it if you want to share your high score, game mishap, or some annoying game bug.
5. Record video
Recording video on Android has been possible for quite a while via third-party apps, but with native video recording on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge you can rest assured that the video won't crash and will be recorded at smooth frame rates that will look great if you re-watch it later on or decide to share it on Twitch or YouTube.
6. Tweak settings
The one option we found most useful is tweaking game settings in the Game launcher. You can choose to conserve battery and customize the way games run: you can choose to run them at 30fps rather than 60fps, and reduce the amount of rendered details for some battery longevity benefits and this is a great option to have.
This wraps up the functionality of Samsung's Game launcher, a simple yet useful set of tools for gamers that will help keep us more immersed in our game and less distracted by the endless stream of notifications. We, for once, wish Game launcher was also available on other phones in its current form.
- Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
WTF, they removed the low resolution + 60 fps mode. That was the most useful mode as I could shut up the morons who think lower screen resolution = higher performance. So my question is: Can you still download game tuner from galaxy apps on S7? As this game launcher is useless.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 5:53 AM 1
Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013
Yep, and it works. Though I can't say I noticed much difference after comparing two screengrabs from Angry Birds at extremely low/high resolution.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:16 AM 1
Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016
Mr. Chris! Angry Birds isn't a resource or graphic heavy game. Even a phone with Snapdragon 600 can handle Angry Birds without breakibg a sweat. Compare that using games like Dead Triger 2, Asphalt 8, Morden Combat 4, Vain Glory etc...
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:33 AM 0
That's because of terrible optimization, not because it's resource intensive. I have seen subway surf lag on iPad air 2, but much more demanding games run smoothly. Also many stupid game manufacturers cap the max frame rate to 30.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 7:48 AM 1
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I wish other OEMs will make an app similar to game tuner, or maybe there is an alternative l can find in the play store?
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:40 AM 1
Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014
What makes you think lower resolution doesn't equal higher performance? Do you know how gaming works?
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 8:19 AM 0
Lower screen resolution doesn't mean higher performance. Are you dumb? Gaming framerate depends on which resolution the game is rendered, not the screen resolution. Game tuner allows you to play a game at 720p on a 1440p device. So how exactly is higher screen resolution affecting my gaming performance. Say this statement to a PC gaming enthusiast and he will punch you in the face. I personally have a QHD Dell monitor, but I game at 1080p or lower to get that 60 fps(poor kepler graphics card). The high screen resolution still allows me to browse, multi-pane and edit pictures much better than a 1080p screen, and still doesn't affect my gaming experience. THERE IS NO RELATION BETWEEN SCREEN RESOLUTION AND THE RESOLUTION THE GAME IS RENDERED. I say this statement at least once a day. But every day, some self-proclaimed gaming expert has to take a piece of my mind.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 8:27 AM 1
Of course lower resolution equals better performance, unless you're one of those fools that thinks no games run at 2560*1440.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 10:03 AM 0
Read my comment you replied to. I asked specifically about game tuner. You can FORCE games to run at 720p with that app. PLEASE READ THE COMMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE REPLYING AND EMBARRASSING YOURSELVES ON THE INTERNET. I thought you were among the smarter ones. But alas. Also you didn't read comment #11 or 12.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 10:30 AM 0
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