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Try out the new OnePlus app Game Space, no Android Q needed

As of now, Game Space is fairly limited, but it could become quite cool once the company expands its features.

Published onJuly 24, 2019

Artwork from the OnePlus Game Space app.

There are Oxygen OS beta versions available at the moment that are based on Android Q. Within those betas is a new app created by OnePlus called Game Space, which expands upon the company’s Gaming Mode and Fnatic Mode features.

For a while, the only way to try out Game Space was to install one of the Android Q beta versions of Oxygen OS. Now, however, you can easily give the app a shot on any OnePlus device — no Android Q needed.

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Game Space is essentially a custom launcher for your Android games. It has a simple and colorful UI that lays out all your games in a side-scrolling format. Within Game Space settings, you can change the global functions of Gaming Mode and Fnatic Mode.

Unfortunately, that’s about all Game Space does at the moment. You can’t tweak Gaming or Fnatic Mode on a per-game basis with the app, nor does it feature social integrations of any kind. It’s just a nice way to launch your games.

I installed the app on my OnePlus 7 Pro and it found most of my game-related apps, including emulators such as Dolphin and Retroarch. However, it did miss some: Another Eden, for example. Luckily, you can manually add games to Game Space so that’s an easy problem to fix.

Overall, Game Space seems like it could be really cool down the road. If you could customize Gaming Mode to work one way with something like Retroarch and then another way with something like Another Eden, that would be incredibly useful. It would also be cool if there were social features — maybe a quick link to announce on Twitter I’m playing Fortnite, or something.

As long as you own a OnePlus device running a version of Oxygen OS with Gaming Mode (basically anything Android 8.1 Oreo or later), Game Space should work. Give it a shot at the link below:

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