You probably heard of the ‘gimmick’ on the new Xiaomi Smart Band 8 fitness tracker, the ability to play games on your wrist. Of course, I had to try it out for myself so you don’t have to. And to be fair though, this is far from the least expected thing about this wearable seeing just how popular they are in the developer community.
Over the past generations, the biggest strength of this product line has been the customizability. There are tons of third-party watch face apps on the Play Store and many communities online dedicated to these products so it only makes sense that a few standout watch faces will make headlines.
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As you probably guessed, these games for the Smart Band 8 come to us courtesy of interactive watch faces. In this blog post, we will show you how to game on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, what games are available, and what are the benefits of gaming on a wearable device.
How to game on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8
To start gaming on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, you need to pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth and install the Mi Fitness app.
- Open the Mi Fitness app
- Tap on the Devices Tab
- Click on Manage Band Display
This menu gives you access to watch faces. Select the Popular tab on this app and that will let you access the available games.
At the moment, the selection is a little limited. You can get games like:
- 2048: a single-player puzzle game that is played on a 4×4 grid. The objective of the game is to slide numbered tiles on the grid to combine them and create a tile with the number 2048.
- Cross the Bridge: The addictive game where you have to guide a stickman through pipes without touching them.
- Shooting game: The classic game where you have to eat dots and avoid hitting yourself or the walls.
- Pac-Man: The legendary game where you have to eat dots and avoid ghosts in a maze.
The games are designed to fit the small screen and the touch controls of the smart band. You can swipe, tap, and drag on the screen to play the games. Some games also use the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor of the smart band to enhance the gameplay.
What are the benefits of gaming on a wearable device
Gaming on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is not exactly engaging owing to the tiny display so, why would you? Well, it is not only entertaining but also beneficial for your health and well-being. Here are some of the benefits of gaming on a wearable device:
- It can help you reduce stress and anxiety by providing a distraction and a sense of achievement.
- It can improve your cognitive skills and memory by challenging your brain and stimulating your neurons.
- It can enhance your physical fitness and fitness motivation by tracking your steps, calories, heart rate, and sleep while you play.
- It can make you more social and connected by allowing you to share your scores and achievements with your friends and family.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is a versatile device that can do more than just track your fitness. It can also be a gaming gadget that lets you enjoy some of your favorite games on your wrist.
Gaming on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is cumbersome but it can be fun, and beneficial for your health and well-being. If you are looking for a new way to game, you should give it a try.