Recently, Google launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. These models mark an important step for the Mountain View firm since instead of using a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, they use a Google Tensor chip.
This chip was designed to meet the needs of Google’s software for artificial intelligence and to push the hardware limits that existed on models using Snapdragon chips. Thanks to this chip, Google offers new features such as the magic eraser, which automatically erases objects or people from photos.
But Google hasn’t forgotten about gamers. Indeed, on Android 12, the firm has launched a new feature called “Game Dashboard”. And for now, this is only available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Three modes available and “optimized” games on the Play Store
According to 9to5Google’s explanation, when activated, this feature displays a floating bubble when the user opens a compatible video game. By pressing this bubble, you access a dashboard with an FPS counter, and practical shortcuts to take a screenshot, launch a live on YouTube or activate the “do not disturb” mode.
But that’s not all ! Indeed, Game Dashboard also includes a button to switch between three modes: the performance mode to maximize the refresh rate, a standard mode, as well as a mode that saves the battery.
In order for a game to support this feature, the developer would have to use a new Android API. Once the API has been integrated, the game becomes compatible with Game Dashboard.
But that’s not all. Indeed, according to 9to5Google, games compatible with Game Dashboard are also listed as being optimized for the Pixel 6 on the Google Play Store.
At the moment, it is not known when this feature will arrive on other devices. But it should be noted that a similar functionality already exists on some models of smartphones. For example, if you are using a Xiaomi smartphone, you have access to a tool called Game Turbo which includes metrics like FPS and CPU and GPU usage, as well as handy shortcuts for gamers.