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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This is funny...
by ahferroin7 on Thu 26th Jan 2017 15:49 UTC
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I'll bet it actually requires the Xbox app to be installed. I will find this hilarious if it does, because on every single system I've seen, forcibly uninstalling the Xbox app (you can actually do this through PowerShell, but you have to do it again every time a new build of 10 comes out) actually improves gaming performance pretty significantly.

There are all kinds of other performance issues they should be addressing first to improve the whole system:
* The default search indexing options are a huge performance drain despite not being used by a majority of users on non-mobile platforms and giving near zero measurable benefit for many uses.
* Background apps should be opt-in on first use, not opt-out.
* Updates shouldn't arbitrarily start downloading whenever the hell they feel like it (stopping that crap may just be enough to get me to use game mode even if it depends on the Xbox app) without having to lie to the system about your network being metered.
* Third-party apps shouldn't be getting bundled by default and/or randomly installed without user consent.
* Application requested QoS markings on network traffic should be respected without having to modify registry keys to get it to happen.

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