Samsung Galaxy S23 still includes GOS performance switch, reportedly getting new charging bypass feature
Previously, Samsung was the subject of a strong backlash when its Game Optimization Service (GOS) was found to be slowing down the performance of the Galaxy S22 series. Samsung reportedly had to release an update later that allowed users to manually disable the feature. This feature has now been seen in the Galaxy S23. In addition, Samsung’s latest flagship also comes with a new charging bypass feature for gaming. This feature may be ideal for gamers who intend to take extra care of their battery.
According to Android Authority report, the Galaxy S23 series includes a GOS performance switch. This feature appears to be identical to the switch received on the Galaxy S22 models after reports surfaced that GOS was responsible for degrading system performance during gaming or other chipset-intensive tasks.
The exact impact of the GOS feature on Galaxy S23 phones is currently unknown. Notably, the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra run on an overclocked version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. However, a recent report suggests that these smartphones have an increased heat dissipation area. The performance of the GOS could have simply been carried over from the previous generation, or Samsung could have left it behind to preemptively quell any controversy like last year’s debacle. We can confirm that its switch does indeed exist, as it was spotted on our Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra review units.
In related news, Sammobile report shows the Galaxy S23 comes with a new charging bypass option. The Pause USB Power Delivery feature enabled in the Game Booster settings is reported to allow users to supply power directly to the chipset. The phone’s battery is reportedly not charging while this feature is enabled. It is also said to prevent heat from being generated when the battery is being charged, which reduces performance.
If this function is enabled, the battery will not be charged, which will reduce the number of battery charge cycles and have a positive effect on battery health in the long run. The report mentions that with the bypass charging option enabled, the Galaxy S23 draws just 6W. However, it is said to consume 17W of power during normal use. We were unable to detect the battery bypass feature on our test units.