Here’s How Windows 10 Game Mode Will Work

One of the drawbacks to gaming on a PC is that while your computer is chugging away, doing all that game logic and graphics rendering, it’s also still got a large, heavy operating system running in the background, not to mention the processes for whatever apps you’ve got open. Stripping back the OS and getting much closer to the actual hardware is what helps developers get so much more out of games console hardware.

The upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, which is set to be released this spring, will introduce a Game Mode that should help give just that little boost to performance in games. This is how it will work.

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Targeting both improved peak and average frame rate, Game Mode’s initial form seems to largely focus on pushing a game’s CPU and GPU usage to the foreground, making it a higher priority for the PC to execute than whatever else is running.

Game Mode will have its own space in the system settings under a new Gaming section that also moves across the Game Bar, Game DVR and new broadcasting options from the Xbox app. It’s a seemingly small tweak, but shows how Microsoft are invested in integrating Xbox gaming into Windows 10.

With support for both UWP games bought through the Microsoft Store and Win32 games bought from pretty much anywhere else, you’ll be able to trigger Game Mode manually from the Game Bar. Microsoft are testing whether they can have games trigger this automatically, but note that games are not guaranteed to work, and that Win32 games that do strange things might not see any benefits if the system can’t figure out which processes to prioritise.

If you’re part of the Insiders programme on Windows, you may have access to this update and feature already, but this is a feature that’s set to improve well beyond the Creators Update.

Source: Xbox Wire, YouTube

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9 Comments

  1. Makes sense. I like it. Saying that, I’ve still to move over to Windows 10 but will feel more tempted the more they have things nailed down.

    • I gave up and went with it about 2 days before it stopped being free. It’s alright.

      • I was going to do that, fella, but work comes first so it’ll wait. I’m happy buying a legit version later on when I have a few spare days to make sure things have gone smoothly (or not, as the case may be). :D

      • Whatever you think of the OS the upgrade from 7 and 8 was astoundingly straightforward, I was honestly shocked that nothing went wrong each of the three times I did it. I don’t like it as much as 7, all the functions are still there but the interface is a bit too streamlined now, but it looks good and is bloody fast with an SSD.

    • I upgraded when it was first released, it seems to be a lot more stable than 8.
      I’m looking forward to trying MS Flight Simulator in game mode, which seems to eat up all the resources available.

      • Apparently it can add up to 5% to the frame rate. Not earth shattering, but as a first, fairly high level step, that’s pretty good.

    • Start Task Manager (Right Click on the Start Bar and select Task Manager)
      Click on the Processes tab.
      Right Click on the required process and select “Set Priority”
      You can then select a different priority.
      Close Task Manager.

      Works in windows7

  2. I’m surprised Windows doesn’t already prioritize whatever app is in the foreground anyway.. Still, nice to hear its not limited to UWP.

  3. A good move. And More and more overlap between xbox and Windows.

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