Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jan 2017 00:58 UTC

Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With Game Mode, it's our goal to now take things a step further to make the gaming experience on Windows even better. Our vision is that Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance. This week's Windows Insider build represents the first step on our journey with Game Mode.

Basically, it prioritises CPU and GPU resources for your game, so you can eek out a bit more performance. I'm not quite sure if there'll be a benefit for people at the higher end (I don't think my GTX1070 running at 2560x1440 will benefit much), but for slightly lower specifications it might just give that extra little bit for a more consistent experience.

All in all, I'm happy with these gaming-oriented features in Windows, but I really hate how Microsoft is slapping 'Xbox' on everything and tries to take me out of my beloved and trusted Steam environment. It reeks of utter garbageware like Uplay.

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Other than the XBox app, SmartScreen, and now the new settings screen what exactly do you consider "everything" that Microsoft is branding as XBox in Windows, Thom? And, boo-f'ing-hoo, your 'beloved' Steam. There's nothing in anything Microsoft is doing that actively prevents you from having your compu-bro-mance with Valve. So why the comment as if you are being actively prevented from enjoying the warm embrace of that application? If you don't want to enable the new Game Mode, or do anything with the XBox branding that you find oh so horrible, then just ignore it all and continue to use Steam.

Your self-pitty laden commentary at the bottom of the copy-pasted article text is just awful. It's incredibly hyperbolic and built on the foundation of a poorly considered straw-man. Windows settings and one or two XBox branded apps are not at all comparable to UPlay. I'll agree that UPlay (and Origin) are sub-par versions of Steam, but neither of them have anything in common with an OS level settings screen. I guess you could argue that Beam makes Win 10 somewhat akin to Stream, but then you'd have to include anything with live broadcasting; Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Twitch, nVidia, etc... It's tenuous at best and barely worth writing about in the manner you did.

Edited 2017-01-26 13:24 UTC

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