With iOS 15, Apple launched the Concentration mode to allow you to stay focused on your current activity (rest, work, sport, etc.). But did you know that this mode also exists for your video game games? We explain how to configure it.
Playing in peace is as much possible as working undisturbed. Apple touted its Concentration mode when it launched iOS 15 and macOS Monterey in particular. This is a mode to activate to stay focused on your task, not to be bothered by notifications, calls or messages at defined times of the day. And that goes for video games too.
Because, for Apple, video games are considered an activity in their own right, just like driving, reading, sports or work. You have the right to play in peace. Video Game mode is therefore set like any Concentration mode.
You can warn that you are playing
If you rummage around in the Concentration world, you will discover that the apple brand has provided a mode that can be activated when you play. To access it, you can go through the Settings > Focus and so go configure it.
You can also get there from the Control Center by swiping down from the top of the screen to the right and tapping the Focus tab. You can then create it and add it from the “+” sign at the bottom. It’s up to you to configure it according to your needs.
Add a mode by clicking on the + // Source: Frandroid
Choose the people who can reach you despite your game // Source: Frandroid
You can set a few apps whose notifications will appear // Source: Frandroid
Video game mode is ready // Source: Frandroid
You activate it, then you define the people whose notifications will pass between the meshes for calls or messages (by default, this can be your list of favorite contacts or a selection). You choose which apps are also allowed to display in an emergency. This could be on the home screen, the locked screen, or both. Be aware that as soon as you launch what Apple identifies as a game (mobile game, Apple Arcade, etc.), the mode automatically applies.
Controller connected, mode activated
You can also automate it, but by default, the iPhone, iPad or Mac triggers Video Game mode as soon as a Bluetooth-connected controller is detected, if smart activation is enabled. You can also set times, duration or locations for your device to switch to this mode without having to touch anything.
It is possible to inform people who try to contact you that you are playing by activating a message. While waiting for you to finish your game, the notifications will accumulate in the dedicated center and you will be able to see them all appear by deactivating the mode. You can choose to apply this Video Game Focus mode and its settings to all devices linked to your iCloud account. It will then start on MacBook, iPad or iPhone indifferently.
If this is a first for Apple, it is not new on smartphones to optimize material and human resources in a mobile game. Asus has notably equipped its ROG Phone range with a mode similar to a concentration mode for video games. All notifications are thus removed from the display so as not to disturb the player who will become aware of them later.
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