Microsoft bringing Game Mode feature to Windows 10 for maximum PC gaming performance
There’s a new feature coming to Windows 10 that may help gamers game better than ever before. Microsoft is working on a new Game Mode feature for Windows 10 that will enhance the PC gaming experience. The new Game Mode feature appears to allow Windows 10 to adjust CPU and GPU resources when running a game to allocate more power for the game that’s running instead of toward any background apps.
.@h0x0d looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the "Game" when running in "Game Mode"
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 28, 2016
A recent discovery by Twitter user WalkingCat indicates that Windows 10 may be getting something called a “Game Mode” as part of the upcoming Creators Update. The leaked build 14997 of the software contains a new gamemode.dll file, which WalkingCat theories will enable Windows to adjust its resource allocations to prioritize games when the Game Mode is enabled.
A Game Mode on PC should behave a lot like Microsoft’s Xbox One console. That system runs on the same OS kernel as Windows 10, and it already has a feature that gives almost all of the CPU and GPU power to active games. This maximizes the performance so that the Xbox One can have a smooth frame rate and high resolution, but it also means that it can take the Xbox One extra time to return back to its main menu and to pull up other apps.
According to WindowsCentral, Window 10 Game Mode will work exclusively with games from the Windows Store, or any Windows title from third party sources like Steam or Origin.
Microsoft has yet to confirm the existence of the new Game Mode feature. It has already confirmed that the Windows 10 Creator’s Update is going to be released early next year, it’s very likely that the Windows 10 Game Mode feature will be included in that major update.