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Windows 10’s upcoming Game Mode explained in official video

by Joey Davidson | January 26, 2017January 26, 2017 10:30 am PST

Game Mode could and should make gaming an even better experience on Windows 10 PCs. The idea is that, when toggled on, the system will prioritize power to the game instead of the tasks running in the background.

Microsoft formally explored the idea in a new video (seen above). Game Mode is out now to Windows 10 Insiders and will roll out to the public in the large Creators Update due this spring.

So, what’s the point of Game Mode? In the video, Microsoft says it’s “targeting performance enhancements in two ways.”

One: An increase in overall frame rate, or peaks.

And two: An increase in average frame rates, or consistency.

Those two points of performance are huge for PC gamers. Heck, I’d argue that they’re huge for all platforms, though PC players are stereotypically more concerned with them.

Windows 10 Game Mode

Microsoft notes not all games will work with Game Mode right away

Towards the end of the video, it’s said that not all games will support Game Mode right away. I’m not sure if it’s something that Microsoft will need to update its platform for, or if game makers need to opt into the feature. I assume it’s the former, though that’s a guess.

We’ll have more on Game Mode and the other features coming with the Creators Update when it rolls out.

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...