Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link for the Note 10 was one of the more exciting revelations from Unpacked. It's an app that can be used for game streaming on the phone, and it arrives next month. Specifically, it's launching in September, and it'll be compatible with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
That particular app itself is what users will have installed on either one of those phones. It'll pair with the Windows 10 PC version of the same app, and it's all powered by the GamePlay Live service from Parsec. The service will be accessible from within the PlayGalaxy Link app, so it's not all Samsung's technology. Rather it's a partnership between Samsung and Parsec to offer game streaming features to Samsung's latest smartphones.
Although there's no hard date for the GamePlay Live service, it's said to be launching in the first two weeks of September. This means owners of the Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ can expect to have access to it relatively soon. The service will also be free, unlike other similar game streaming options such as Shadow.
PlayGalaxy Link is also said to be extremely low latency, which means a much better experience while gaming. Even though it won't be lag-free gamers are unlikely to notice most of the time. It should also work on both Wi-Fi and cellular connections which makes it fairly versatile. About the only thing that may be a bit of a hindrance is that some games may still require a powerful PC.
One other thing to consider is that using PlayGalaxy Link may require a connected controller. Samsung doesn't mention on-screen controls, and so far the app has only been shown with a controller. Both in demos at Unpacked and in its one and only hands-on video.
If this is the case, using PlayGalaxy Link will be a little more limiting. That said, the gaming experience may be better with a controller and this may have been Samsung's reasoning. If you're hardcore enough to use PlayGalaxy Link, you may want a controller anyway.
With PlayGalaxy Link coming to users in the next few weeks, it sounds like it'll be available around the same time as the Galaxy Note 10 launch. And, with the game streaming feature being available almost from the get go, the Galaxy Note 10 is shaping up to be a powerhouse of gaming phone.
It's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. More than that, it comes with the "world's slimmest" vapor chamber system to reduce heat. Thus, the Galaxy Note 10 should keep performing optimally while gaming whether it's a mobile game or through PlayGalaxy Link.
In addition to performance-driven mobile gaming hardware and PlayGalaxy Link, the Note 10 has one more potential gaming benefit. Samsung and Microsoft's rumored gaming partnership. According to the details, the two companies are working to make Xbox games playable on the Galaxy Note 10. Some of these games would be downloadable, while others would be streaming in a way that's similar to Stadia.
There's no evidence from either Samsung or Microsoft that this partnership exists, but if it does the Note 10 might be a gamer's best friend. It'll have multiple gaming options that would make it hard to pass up if gaming on the go is something you're interested in.