Windows Insiders Get Their Hands On The New Game Mode
The upcoming and anticipated Creators Update for Windows 10 is still a long way from being released but there are some parts of it that you could be getting to try soon. As a Windows Insider you get to try out the features early and this week Microsoft is bringing the Game Mode to testers.
Previously Game Mode was supposed to be added for Insider today but it’s been delayed a bit. However, as some point this week it’ll become available.
The idea behind Game Mode is rather simple but it should make gamers’ lives a little easier. Entering the Game Mode the PC optimizes it automatically for the labor intensive future. The CPU and GPU are tuned for maximum performance and this should mean smoother gaming and better frame rates.
Microsoft wants testers to seek the complications within the Game Mode so it can iron out the end product. Obviously there are tons of games so Microsoft wants to get feedback from as many situations as possible before launching the feature.
In addition to the Game Mode, Microsoft will introduce Windows 10 a new Game Bar for shortcuts during the games. This will be available via the Win+G keyboard shortcut. From the Game Bar you can easily take screenshots, start recording video or stream gaming directly to Microsoft’s Beam-service.
Microsoft is adding a “Game Mode” to Windows 10 that’ll optimize the system for playing video games. We’ve known for a week or so that this feature was coming soon, and now Microsoft is starting to explain how it’ll work.
When a system goes into Game Mode, it’ll “prioritize CPU and GPU resources to your game,” according to a video Microsoft released today. The mode’s goal is supposed to be improving each game’s frame rate.
Windows Game Mode Demo:
Microsoft is actually building a bunch of gaming functions directly into Windows, some of which aren’t strictly part of Game Mode. That includes a toolbar, called the Game Bar, that you can pull up at any time by pressing “Windows + G” to get shortcuts for taking screenshots, recording video, and broadcasting to Beam (Microsoft’s Twitch competitor), among other things. Built-in streaming to Beam is itself a new feature, too. There’ll also be a panel inside Windows 10’s settings to control Game Mode, the Game Bar, and broadcasting options.
Game Mode largely has to be enabled on a game-by-game basis. To turn it on, you’ll have to open up the Game Bar, go into a pop-up settings pane, and check a box enabling the currently open game to put the system into Game Mode. Microsoft says some games might be able to enable it automatically, but most aren’t able to do that right now.
There still aren’t any nitty-gritty details on what Microsoft is doing to the system when Game Mode is enabled. But with today’s announcements, we at least have a general sense of how it’ll work and how gamers will interact with it.
Game Mode, the Game Bar, and the gaming options inside settings will all start to become available to people running early Windows builds tomorrow. A full release will come as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is scheduled for a not-very-specific “early 2017” release.
Information from “The Verge” (Public Domain)