How to launch the new Game Bar features

Last Update date : Apr 06. 2022

The new Samsung TV launched in 2021 introduces the Game Bar which displays all of the information you need to monitor your gaming performance including Input Lag, FPS (Frames Per Second), HDR (High Dynamic Range), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), and Sound Output and provides easy-access for optimizing the gaming features. Gamers can enjoy various options for all gaming preferences.

How to launch the Game Bar

When game mode is ON or AUTO, press and hold Play/Pause button on the Samsung Smart Remote to start the Game Bar.

press play/pause on remote
new game bar features

Control the game settings, monitoring, and game enhancer settings easily by using the Game Bar.

① Input Lag

Show the input lag of the game. When Game Motion Plus is Off or VRR on or 4K@120Hz games, the game operates with the minimum input lag.

② FPS (Frames Per Second)

Show the frame rate per second in real time. The frame rate changes when VRR is active.

③ HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Shows on when an HDR game is being played. To make HDR enabled, the user should turn on HDR in the game device such as on the game console, or PC.

④ VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)

Show the corresponding value when Freesync or VRR function is active. The TV is ready for Freesync or the VRR feature. The TV supports Freesync Premium Pro, Freesync Premium, Freesync and VRR. To make Freesync or VRR on, the user should turn on Freesync/VRR in the game device such as on game console, or PC.
VRR/Freesync is deactived when Game Motion Plus is on.

⑤ Sound Output

Show the audio device in which sound is being output. (eg. TV Speaker, Sound Bar, Headsets, etc)

⑥ Screen Ratio

You can change the screen ratio from the default 16:9 setting to Ultra wide (21:9 or 32:9).

⑦ Screen Position

When using Ultra wide (21:9 or 32:9), you can press the Up/Down directional button on the TV’s remote control to move the screen up or down.

⑧ Game Mode Settings

  • Game Mode: Show Game Mode. Game Mode turns on automatically when a console is detected.
  • Surround Sound: Enhance game sound to provide intelligent, scene-based 3D surround sound for highly immersive game play.
  • Dynamic Black equalizer: Quickly identify enemies and hints on the screen by increasing object visibility lurking in the dark. Based on real time scene analysis, it improves black details and clarity. Control the black detail levels with 5 steps.
  • Game Motion Plus settings: Enhance screen smoothness to optimize fast moving games such as RPG and adventure games. When Game Motion Plus is on, VRR/Freesync turns off. When VRR/Freesync is on from an external device, Game Motion Plus is off.
    Input lag is minimized when Game Motion Plus is off. When Game Motion is on, game play smoothness is improved by interpolating additional frames.

⑨ Troubleshooting

When any problem occurs while using the Game Bar, you can access the Troubleshooting guide and find a solution.

Use Ultrawide GameView™ on your PC (Ultra Wide Game)

2021 Samsung TVs support Ultrawide GameView on PC games.

Gamers can easily change the display aspect ratio from 16:9 to 21:9 or 32:9 through the Game Bar. Samsung’s Game Bar quickly and easily supports Ultrawide GameView™ in 2021 TVs.

Ultrawide GameView™ presents a wider field of view that was invisible in a 16:9 conventional aspect ratio. Ultrawide GameView provides a more immersive, more informative view of the game so one could see the peripheries of a battlefield where enemies could be lurking.

Ultrawide GameView is often cited as an amazing feature allowing gamers the freedom to customize the feel of the games’ resolution according to game genre and personal preferences. Gamers often score higher when playing first person shooter games in ultra-wide aspect ratios and experience greater satisfaction.

Super Ultrawide GameView™

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You can easily enjoy Super Ultrawide GameView™ on your PC by following the instructions below.
The instructions below describe how to get a 21:9 resolution. 32:9 resolution has the same instructions.

Step 1. Launch the Game Bar with Play/Pause button long press.

Step 2. Toggle the remote button once on the Screen Ratio to change the Game Bar Screen ratio to 21:9.

Step 3. The Game Bar shows the following pop-up notice to match Game Bar Screen ratio to display the resolution properly.
"When changing the screen ratio to 21:9, setting the PC's screen resolution to 2560x1080 or 3840x1600 once will change the screen ratio to 21:9."

Step 4. According to the Game Bar pop-up notice, please change the PC resolution to the recommended resolution. The PC resolution can be adjusted in the Display menu of the PC by clicking the right button on the mouse.
If you change the resolution on your PC for the first time, you can change the Screen Ratio through the Game Bar on your TV next time.
The supported resolutions may differ depending on the model or HDMI port connected to the PC.


Game Bar Screen Ratio

Resolution set in PC


3840x1600 (60Hz)

2560x1080 (60Hz)

2560x1080 (120Hz)


3840x1080 (60Hz)

3840x1080 (120Hz)

Step 5. You can see the 21:9 screen ratio on your PC.

You can see the 21:9 screen ratio on your PC.

Step 6. Launch a game that supports 21:9 ultrawide resolution and enjoy.

Launch a game that supports 21:9 ultrawide resolution and enjoy.

Note: Super Ultrawide GameView is supported on only PC games and supported in only Ultra-wide supported games.

To match your eye level, Gamers can adjust the screen position up and down using the respective channel up or down buttons on the Samsung Smart Remote Control.

How to troubleshoot if the screen ratio does not change automatically

For some games, you will have to change the resolution in the game settings that you are playing to match the screen ratio. Some games automatically change the screen ratio, but some games do not change the screen ratio automatically, making it is necessary to change the screen ratio in the game.

Note: Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

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