For some unusual reason, a large portion of users still believe that Windows 10 has performance issues with games. Perhaps that is the reason Microsoft is adding a Game Mode to Windows 10. The new mode will apparently optimize your system for playing video games.
The new mode will be available via a Windows update within the coming week or so keep an eye open for it. Accordingly, when the mode is enabled Windows 10 will prioritize resources to your game. This means more frames thus resulting in smoother gameplay. With the new feature, Microsoft is also developing a number of functions related to gaming directly into the Windows environment. Some of these are technically not a part of the Game Mode either.
Game Mode: More features for your gameplay
The new features also include an updated Game Bar. This is a toolbar that can be pulled up at any time by pressing the Windows key + G. This will give you options to take screenshots and record gameplay video. You can also broadcast your gameplay live to Beam, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch. In addition, there will also be a panel inside Windows 10’s settings to control Game Mode, the Game Bar, and broadcasting options.
For now, Game Mode will have to be manually enabled for each and every game that you play. So you will literally have to open up the Game Bar, navigate to the settings pane and tick a box, thus enabling the currently running game to be run in Game Mode. According to Microsoft, a number of games may be able to enable Game mode automatically but a majority will require manual activation.
There are no in depth details on exactly goes on under the hood when Game mode is activated and Microsoft is yet to comment either. We will have to just take it as we are told.
Coming soon to a Windows 10 update near you
The Game Mode, Game Bar, and all related options should become available to those who signed up for the Windows Insider program, within the coming week or so. A full update with all the features plus a bunch of other features will be available as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, scheduled for release in early 2017.
Having used Windows 10 since the time it was launched, I’ve noticed that gaming on Windows 10 is pretty much the same as on earlier versions of Windows. As long as you have adequate hardware and always keep your video card drivers and games updated, you shouldn’t actually see a performance drop when using Windows 10. This doesn’t mean that you go out and splurge on extremely high end hardware either, but as long as you balance your hardware accordingly, even without Microsoft’s game mode, you should be able to experience smooth gameplay without an issue.
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