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Galaxy Fold3 review: Xbox x Samsung’s perfect match

A big screen that fits in your pocket is the reason Samsung‘s Galaxy Fold exists.

Watching a movie or reading an article is undeniably better on a bigger screen and with the arrival of 2021’s waterproof FOLD3, more people are paying a premium for that luxury.

Sure, the cameras aren’t as good as those on Samsung’s Galaxy S21, the keyboard is frustratingly narrow when folded, annoyingly wide when open and Instagram still hasn’t worked out how to scale it’s app to fit the main display, but almost overnight, the FOLD3 has become a gamer’s best option for one reason: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Streaming Forza, Back4Blood and more than 100 other titles directly to my PC, iPad or phone has been remarkably easy (Supplied)

Frankly, I’ve been blown away by how well Microsoft’s stab at cloud gaming works.

Streaming Forza, Back4Blood and more than 100 other titles directly to my PC, iPad or phone has been remarkably easy and the option I find myself using more and more, is Samsung’s Galaxy FOLD3.

For those who don’t have a controller handy, the screen is big enough for you to see the games you’re playing while using touch controls.

The value of the phone’s under-screen selfie camera really comes into its own as well. Sure, if you stare at it you can see gaps in the pixels, but when you’re focused on nailing a turn in Forza Horizon it fades away beautifully, maintaining the illusion of one, solid 7.6-inch display.

Pairing a controller takes things to another level if you’re happy to carry one around (Supplied)
I’d recommend a stand as well if you don’t want your FOLD occasionally slipping on its thin edge while propped up against something on your desk (Supplied)

Of course, its 120Hz screen can’t be tested just yet with streamed games limited to 60 frames-per-second, but it’s nice to know the tech is there if an update comes down the line.

Pairing a controller takes things to another level if you’re happy to carry one around. Not every gamepad accessory is as compatible as you may expect given the size of the FOLD as these things are designed for standard, non-foldable phones.

I’ve personally been using my spare Nintendo Switch Pro Controller while running through Ori and Celeste for a second time and it works perfectly with little discernible lag on a solid 5G connection. I’d recommend a stand as well if you don’t want your FOLD occasionally slipping on its thin edge while propped up against something on your desk.

Gaming on the FOLD often frustrated me before Game Pass Ultimate.

The value of the phone’s under-screen selfie camera really comes into its own as well. (Supplied)

It’s not to hold one handed so a lot of your regular touch control games aren’t as comfortable. The all new S-Pen that works with the FOLD goes some way to fixing this, but it’s still something extra you have to carry around (and buy).

At $2,499 the FOLD3 is still a big ask, but it’s $500 cheaper at launch than the FOLD2.

As the technology gets cheaper over time, foldables are growing beyond fashion and gamers looking for a phone that doubles as a streaming device should take notice.

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