You Can Try the New Windows 10 Game Mode Now
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Microsoft is adding a Game Mode to Windows 10. It will be rolled out to the masses with the Windows 10 Creators Update due later this year. However, braver souls can try the new Game Mode right now by installing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019.

Windows 10 is getting a major upgrade this Spring, when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released to hundreds of millions of computers around the world. This is going to be an evolutionary step for Windows 10, adding several new features, including several aimed at gamers.

How the Windows 10 Game Mode Works

One of these features is a new Game Mode, which Microsoft hopes will “make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming”. In a nutshell, Windows 10’s new Game Mode optimizes your PC for gaming, giving priority to your gaming experience over everything else.

Windows 10 does this by reprioritizing your computer’s resources to help games look and play better. Your CPU and GPU will favor the game you’re currently playing over everything else, spending less resources dealing with background tasks that could otherwise inhibit your experience.

With Game Mode, Microsoft is hoping to improve the overall frame rate and the average frame rate. The former means games will potentially run faster and smoother than ever before, while the latter should help maintain consistency, avoiding dropped frames when another program kicks in.

Most people will be able to try Game Mode when Microsoft releases the Windows 10 Creators Update. However, Windows Insiders will have early access to it after installing Windows Insider Preview Build 15019. If that’s you then you can toggle the setting on or off in the new Games section in Settings, or by pressing “Windows+G” while playing a game.

Squeeze Peak Performance Out of Your PC

One of the biggest complaints leveled at PC gaming is the need to own powerful hardware in order to play the latest games. While Windows 10’s Game Mode doesn’t change that, it does at least mean your hardware will be running at its optimum level. Which should help you squeeze peak performance out of your PC while gaming.

Are you a dedicated PC gamer? Do you use Windows 10? What do you think of the new Windows 10 Game Mode? Do you think Game Mode will make a noticeable difference to performance? Will you be installing Build 15019 to try it out? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. techdawgy
    January 31, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I'll definitely try it out once available.

  2. Matt
    January 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Way back in the bad old DOS & Win 3 days we use to have write our own autoexec.bat & config.sys files, and it was commonplace due to very limited resources to have customised ones especially for a given game which various memory, driver, etc configurations to maximise performance and give.the games the best chance of running. That started to disappear with the appearance of Win95 and by Win XP was completely gone as PCs became both more powerful and more user friendly (ie: more difficult to customise). It's still the case today though that if you want to run the latest games with the best results you generally want to minimise other demands on your system, even with the most powerful rigs. It sounds like a built in "game mode" would bring back that old DOS/Win3 idea, though obviously in a much "friendlier" manner. For those of us who can't afford/justify dedicated gaming rigs it seems like a no brainer.

    • koka
      February 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      it has nothing to do with powerful rigs. i have stutters on windows 10, with both of my pc's gtx 960+i5 3470, gtx 1070+i7 7700. on windows 7 i have no stutters and no fps drops.