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Windows 10 to get a Game Mode to maximize gaming performance

By Ng Chong Seng - on 15 Jan 2017, 7:00am

Windows 10 to get a Game Mode to maximize gaming performance

(Image source: MSPoweruser.)

First discovered back in December last year, Microsoft has officially acknowledged that it’s developing a ‘Game Mode’ to be included in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. In fact, if you’re a Windows Insider, you may discover that the most recent test build of Windows 10 (15007) includes a not-yet-functioning Game Mode in the Xbox app. (Hit Windows + G in the Game DVR panel.)

So what exactly is this Game Mode? In a nutshell, this will boost performance of PC games on Windows 10.

Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering for Xbox, on Game Mode in the Xbox Wire blog:

Our goal is to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With the Creators Update, we’re introducing a new feature called Game Mode. Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and we’ll have much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.

At the moment, it isn’t clear how this Game Mode works. The popular belief is that it’s some kind of lock-down mode that will prevent other apps from stealing previous computing resources (e.g., CPU cycles, RAM usage) when you’re playing a game.

Microsoft is also readying a game broadcasting feature in the Xbox app. Based off the tech developed by game streaming service Beam, which Microsoft acquired last year, Beam will allow you to stream your favorite games to both Beam and your Xbox Live community. Beam will be a feature on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Source: Microsoft, MSPoweruser.

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