What Does Microsoft Game Mode Mean for Gamers?
If you’ve been following the news regarding Microsoft’s upcoming Creators Update, you’ll likely know that among the many fixes, tweaks, and improvements planned for Windows 10 there is also going to be Game Mode, which should improve the gaming experience across the board while using the OS. Though a few hints have been dropped here and there regarding Game Mode, over the weekend at GDC, Microsoft showed off a few more details.
The mainstay of Game Mode will be that when you fire up a game, the computer will automatically divert more resources from both the GPU and CPU to it, even if users have programs running in the background. This means in practice that gamers won’t have to kill their browser window or anything else before launching a game, but also that many of Windows’ background processes should interfere much less than they do now.
The tech behind Game Mode is based off of what is already found in Microsoft’s Xbox One console and should make gaming on Windows 10 more akin to the Xbox experience, as well as allowing limited crossplay between the two platforms. Limited for the time being, that is, as the Creators Update as a whole and Game Mode especially are to be a constant work in progress that’s continuously improved upon by the engineers in Redmond.
The version of Game Mode that is to launch soon will not, Microsoft tells us, be perfect: as no two computers seem to be the same, certain machines will benefit more from the diverted resources than others. However, the gaming experience should be much smoother across the board for most players and as a whole should improve as Microsoft tweaks the new system for maximum effect. As there is no such thing as too smooth gameplay, gamers are expected to welcome this new update.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.