Here’s how Windows 10 Game Mode works

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Windows 10 has been a divisive OS for gamers, and especially so when it gets down to the Windows App Store. There’s a whole bunch of meddling that Microsoft have restricted savvy gamers from in the settings, one of which is the ability to route all of a PCs power towards a single application. This has some slight ramifications on games and their performance. Which is why Microsoft is seeking to address it with a new Game Mode – which will be out for testing very soon.

Forming part of the new Creators Update coming to Windows 10 soon, Game Mode will essentially do what Windows 10 should be doing already as soon as a game is launched. To get the most out of your rig and boost framerate numbers, Game Mode will prioritise a single application and send more GPU and CPU resources to it while it’s in the foreground. That means less performance wasted on background applications and more for your demon slaying in DOOM, and serious drifts in Forza Horizon 3.

How this all works is still unclear, but Windows Insiders will be able to start testing the new feature as early as next week. You can do so by bringing up the Windows Game Bar while in a game (that’s Windows+G), and selecting settings. There you’ll be able to enable Game Mode, which won’t be done automatically for many titles before it’s officially out. Microsoft even says that some games will not work at all with the feature just yet, but that comes with the turf of testing.

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By the time the update rolls out for everyone, Microsoft is hoping to have most games supported and the feature turning on automatically for them as soon as the game boots up. That’s still a while away though, with the Creators Update still only having a very vague “early 2017” release window. So by April at the latest. Until then, just remember to close Facebook on your PC before attempting any rigorous gaming.

Last Updated: January 26, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Spathi

    Well, it’s a start. Now give me the opportunity to stop automatic updates for all things Windows and switch off game DVR with one button and I’ll be a happy camper.

    • Hammersteyn

      Strange how the master race still needs to obey rules 😛

      • Spathi

        😀 So true. Pisses me off to no extent that I can’t do as I see fit with my PC. Or you can, but it requires loads of tinkering. Stuff like deleting old Windows files for instance, “deltree” is the only way it works for me. Maybe I’m just stupid…most likely I’m just stupid!

        • Hammersteyn

          deltree o/

      • PC rules are meant to be bypassed.

      • MonsterCheddar

        HE HE HE HE HE HE HE

    • Frik van der Hewerskink

      w w

      • Spathi

        Thank you!

        Edit: I assume it works as intended? Will give it a go when playing certain online games.

  • Just close Chrome …. then uninstall it and install something faster.
    Also Pinapple on pizza!

  • I noticed this the other day when hitting the Xbox icon on the Xbone controller. Brings up the game mode that you can record and take screenshots with. Pretty nifty

    • MonsterCheddar

      See all the ways MS is making life better?

      • Need a tissue for the tip of your nose? xD

        • MonsterCheddar

          XD. You are moving further and further away from Brony territory.

          • Soon Sparkles…soon

          • MonsterCheddar


    • Hammersteyn

      Which button do you press for more exclusives?

      • Spathi


    • You mean like that nifty F12 button on a PC?

      • I usually don’t give an F. but I will check tonight.

    • Admiral Chief

      Filthy casual!

      • Because I use an Xbone controller on my PC? xD

        • Admiral Chief


  • Guava_Eater

    Doesn’t this statement contradict the Title? “How this all works is still unclear”

  • Dont trust them, they lying, it going to be pay to play

  • Pieter Kruger

    “Here’s how Windows 10 Game Mode works” then “How this all works in still unclear…..”

    • eyesuc

      Unleashing the clickbait, just like mybroadband 😀

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