Windows 10 Game Mode appears – what is it?
It is expected that this feature will allow PCs to act more like consoles when you’re using it to get your game on.
Eagle-eyed users of a Windows 10 beta discovered traces of the new Game Mode last year.
.@h0x0d 14997 has a new dll “gamemode.dll”, so it looks like Game Mode is a thing
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) 28 December 2016
Although it wasn’t fully working at the time, this was enough to show what Microsoft was planning
Improve PC gaming performance
Now, with the most recent test build of Windows 10 (15007) cropping up, users have spotted the Game Mode in the Xbox app.
MSPoweruser has supplied some screenshots of how you can enable the option.
Please keep in mind though, Microsoft has not yet officially unveiled Game Mode for everyone to test.
It is still not wholly clear what this mode does, or how it does it though.
I think the most logical assumption is that it will shut things down. In essence, flicking over to this mode will suppress system processes and other apps not required for gaming.
This should free up your CPU, GPU, and RAM to throw everything they have at your gaming experience.
Microsoft is also testing a game broadcasting feature in the Xbox app, thanks to its acquisition of Beam last year.
While the feature is currently disabled, Windows 10 users will be able to easily stream game play to the Beam service with just the Xbox app. This should be available once the Windows 10 Creators Update is released in April.