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[Update: Here’s a Workaround] Pixel 6 Owners Can’t Get ‘Rocket League Sideswipe’ to Work on Their Phone

Rocket League Sideswipe on a Pixel 6 Pro
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After a long wait, Rocket League Sideswipe is now available on Android and iOS. But if you own a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you may need to dip into your soul and find a bit more patience. We discovered that Rocket League Sideswipe isn’t working properly on Pixel 6 devices, and its developer is yet to acknowledge the problem.

Update, 11/30/21 5:30 pm Eastern: As reported by 9to5Google, Psyonix now says that it’s optimizing Rocket League Sideswipe to work on Pixel 6. For the time being, Pixel 6 owners can use this simple workaround to get their game working—enter the Rocket League Sideswipe Game Settings, go to Graphics, and change your Quality Presets to “Low.”

You can see an example of what your settings should look like below. It’s kind of a funny workaround, but in our brief testing, it works …  so long as the game doesn’t crash before you get to its settings.

Here at Review Geek, we’re always looking for a good distraction to keep us away from work. Rocket League Sideswipe seemed like the perfect way to procrastinate, but we found that the game constantly crashes on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro handsets.

The Rocket League Sideswipe graphics settings that work best on Pixel 6.
Here’s what your settings should look like for the Pixel 6 workaround. Josh Hendrickson / Review Geek

A cursory Twitter search shows that we’re not alone—Rocket League Sideswipe rarely finishes loading on Pixel 6 devices. And even if it gets past the title screen, it crashes before you can really start playing.

If this story feels familiar, it’s because a ton of app developers (such as DJI) are having trouble with the Pixel 6. The phone’s custom Tensor processor could be to blame, as it’s unique to the Pixel 6 and has a somewhat unorthodox design.

Psyonix Studios now says its working on a fix for this issue, and in the meantime, it suggests that Pixel 6 owners simply lower their Rocket League Sideswipe graphics as a workaround. You can do this by entering the Game Settings, tapping Graphics, and setting Quality Presets to “Low.” (Your settings should look like the above image.

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