The ‘Game Turbo’ type modes in manufacturers like Xiaomi is the order of the day, promising us better performance when playing games. In the first instance, it could be thought that they limit themselves to restricting background processes and prioritizing the maximum power in CPU and GPU (which they do) but, if we look at them in depth, we find more than interesting functions, and that really add value when playing.
We have thoroughly tested the Xiaomi Game Turbo, and we will tell you what it is for and what its most useful functions are, since allow us extra configurations such as sending the game to the television, opening applications in multi-window, or knowing the FPS rate at which we are playing, among others.
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Game Turbo settings
The first thing is to know where the Game Turbo mode is. You will find it in the settings of your Xiaomi, in ‘Special functions’. For this tutorial, clarify that we have used a Xiaomi Mi 9T updated to the MIUI 11 Global ROM. Upon entering Game Turbo, the first thing we will see will be an interface to add games. The most popular ones are added automatically, but if the game is very new, we may have to add it manually. To do this, we just have to click on ‘Add game’ and do it.
At the bottom, we will see that we are in ‘Turbo’ mode, so let’s go to the ‘Settings’ mode. By default, the options ‘Speed accelerator in games’ and ‘Shortcuts in the game’ are enabled, which we will leave checked. In the same way, we can configure the orientation of the home screen, as well as add a shortcut to Game Turbo on the main screen.
At the level of performance and touch sensitivity we have not noticed improvement, although we have found interesting options at the level of functionalities
If we go down, we will see the option of ‘high performance mode’. According to Xiaomi, with this, the delay of the Wi-Fi network is reduced, the sensitivity of the screen is increased, and the sound is improved. For practical purposes? We haven’t noticed anything they say, but activate it just in case.
It is also interesting to add exceptions in memory. With Game Turbo, the game is prioritized and the rest of the apps are closed, but we can add exceptions in case we do not want this to happen. At the level of restrictions, the thing does not end here, since we can perform the following functions in the ‘Improved experience’ section
- Turn off automatic brightness
- Disable reading mode
- Restrict screenshot gestures
- Do not open the Notification Bar
It has also caught our attention that we can set custom settings for each game. If we click on this option, we will see that we can adjust the tactile response and the sensitivity to repeated touches. Similarly, there is a very interesting option, reduce touch sensitivity near the edges. This, in proposals with hardly any bezels, is more than useful, since it is easy for the finger to touch the edge of the panel, and this is registered as a touch.
The enhanced display modes are quite well thought out for gaming. More contrast is added and dynamic range is improved
Finally, we can configure the image calibration, something that has surprised us quite a bit. It really improves the image, not at the level of perfect colorimetry, but at the level of dynamic range and contrast. Games like PUBG Mobile already have their own ‘vivid’ or ‘movie’ modes so that we can play with calibrations to taste, but this Xiaomi mode gives it a twist, and it doesn’t hurt to try it.
Game Turbo within games
The thing does not end here, and it is that what we have just mentioned were only the settings of the Game Turbo application. We will only see how it works when we open a game. If we move our finger in the upper left corner of the terminal, we will see the Game Turbo menu. In this one, quite interesting data is shown.
- What game are we playing
- GPU load
- CPU load
- The FPS rate the game is running at
- Battery status
Similarly, we have several interesting options. For example, we can open applications in multi-window while we playeven if the screen is horizontal. It is not the most comfortable mode, but for fans of multitasking it may not be a bad option.
Next to the applications that can be opened in multi-window, we find three options. A rocket that basically remove all apps from multitasking, the option to take a screenshot, and the option to record the screen. Do you want more options? There are.
If we click on the small arrow to the left of the screen record icon, we find interesting options.
- Allow or disallow floating notifications
- Enable or disable WiFi
- Turn off the screen but keep the game in the background
- Change the screen calibration mode
- Send content over WiFi
- Open Game Turbo settings
Being able to send the game to television is something that we liked a lot, although it requires a Chromecast-type device or a Smart TV that allows sending via WiFi. In short, Xiaomi’s Game Turbo is quite useful, not so much at the level of improving performance in games, but to be able to enjoy all the commented functionalities.