Some Pixel 6 and 6 Pro users can find a new category in the Play Store under Games. Known as “Optimized for Pixel 6,” this category lists games in the Play Store that appear to be able to take advantage of the powerful hardware of the new Pixels. The description of this list states that these games “increase performance or save power”.
It includes titles like Asphalt 9, Minecraft, League of Legends: Wild Rift, 8 Ball Pool, and a few others. However, some of the titles listed in the Pixel 6 Optimized Category aren’t particularly known for pushing the GPU to its limits (e.g. Temple Run 2, Scrabble, etc.).
As Mishaal Rahman mention, that (above) the only requirement to have a game under this new list is to add support for the Game Mode API. This API is currently limited to Pixel devices, while it is absent from the AOSP version of Android 12.
While Pixel 6 owners can access the Game Dashboard for every title, the optimization settings are blank for games that do not support the Game Mode API. The default setting for all compatible games is Standard, while there are options to improve performance or conserve battery life. When you open a compatible game, you’ll see a floating bubble at the top of the screen.
Game Dashboard is currently available in limited capacity
You can access the dashboard by clicking the floating action button on the screen. If you own the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro, simply navigate to the Games tab in the Play Store to find these titles.
The Game Dashboard on Android 12 also allows users to live stream their gameplay on YouTube. However, it is not currently available everywhere. Users can enable this dashboard by going to Settings – Apps – Game Settings. In addition, the game dashboard also provides details on FPS, screen recording, toggling from “Do Not Disturb” and how to take a screenshot.
In related messages, older Pixel phones can now retain some of the Pixel 6’s camera features. This is thanks to the new one Google camera 8.4 To update. This means that features like Action Pan, Magic Eraser, Timer Light, and exposure settings are now available on older pixels. This includes devices like Pixel 5, Pixel 4, 4a, etc.