Windows 10 Creators Update adds Game Mode

Alex Kidman 30 January 2017 NEWS

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You can try out the new Game mode on your PC right now, but it might not be that stable.

Windows 10 has to be all things to all people, which often leads to conflicts and instability. That spreadsheet program sitting in the background might grab computing power away from that music app, which itself is fighting with the graphics driver to display album art. It’s an especially noticeable problem if your gaming platform of choice is the PC, because games typically push modern PCs to their limit.

One of the promises of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is that it will include a specific "Game Mode" that prioritises current gameplay over other background tasks. By giving processing and graphics priority to your game you should, in theory, see faster gameplay and fewer dropped frames at your PC end.

Game Mode won’t be a panacea for all your gaming woes, so for example if you game online, lag won’t be affected. An upgrade to your broadband plan may help cover that.

The latest preview build of Windows 10, officially build 15019, includes the Game Mode option as one of its choices, which means that you can try it out yourself, as long as you’re happy running pre-release code. This raises the possible issue that Game Mode might up your frame rates, but other issues with the still-developing code could affect your overall experience.

In order to receive the update you’ll have to sign up for Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, as it’s not yet widely available. There’s no official word on precisely when we’ll see the Creators Update finally released, but it is expected to ship by the northern hemisphere Spring season, which means sometime before mid-year.

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