Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series users can now install a dedicated application that will enhance the performance of selected games on their phones through independent GPU driver updates. The Samsung GameDriver application is available for Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon versions of Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 models. The South Korean company currently only chooses its flagship model to get a new experience, but it does plan to expand the GameDriver app to other devices over time.
In order to launch the GameDriver application, Samsung cooperated with Google and GPU vendors (including ARM and Qualcomm). The company said in a post on the Samsung developer website: “Game drivers provide a new way to update GPU drivers by store, which provides a more stable and better performance GPU driver for the target game.”
Samsung has not yet launched any gaming smartphones to replace ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Razer Phone 2. They have made special changes to the hardware, including special cooling systems and special controls for action games. However, the company has competitive devices, including Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 models, which may become the first choice of gamers.
However, due to the increasing graphics processing power of mobile games, Samsung’s new GameDriver app allows the company to make improvements-without even having to roll out a complete software update. In a way, it is similar to the way PC gamers often update their GPU drivers. Companies such as Nvidia provide regular updates to their graphics processors to bring improvements and optimizations that regular software updates cannot provide.
But Samsung is not the first manufacturer to introduce GPU driver updates to smartphones. In March of this year, Qualcomm announced the use of Snapdragon Elite gaming features to support updateable GPU drivers on its Snapdragon SoC. Through cooperation with certain game studios, it made its debut on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Recently, companies including Oppo and Xiaomi have also offered similar experiences in their flagship stores.
That is, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S20 or Galaxy Note 20 phone, you can download the Exynos or Qualcomm version of the GameDriver app directly from the Google Play Store. It supports games including “Black Desert”, “Fortnite” and “Call of Duty: Mobile”. However, the list may be updated in the next few days. Samsung has said that it plans to provide the application to more devices soon.
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