Windows 10 Game Mode tested: minimal gains, unless you’re unusually cruel to your PC

Microsoft chucked out the Windows 10 Creators Update this week, which is the sort of thing that true-blue enthusiasts of IBM-Compatible home computers used to call a Service Pack back in the day. It’s a surprisingly game-focused update in its way, a built-in streaming service (akin to Twitch, only inevitably far less popular) known as Beam, a concerted effort to put all its game-related settings into one place and Game Mode – a new setting that, in theory, can boost game performance.

We talked to Microsoft about their own hopes for Game Mode a couple of months back, but now it’s time to see what – if anything – it does in practice.

First up, here’s how to actually use the thing. It’s a two-step process, split across multiple menus – one of the more unfortunate hallmarks of Windows 8 and 10 continues, despite the Creators Update’s focus on trying to streamline its scattered-to-the-four-winds settings UI.

How to use Windows 10 Game Mode

Step one – fire up Settings in Windows 10 and click thee on the new ‘Gaming’ icon (adorned with an Xbox image, as part of MS’s continued efforts to pretend PC gaming is a sub-branch of Xbox gaming). You’ll find various options to do with streaming in there, but I’m not looking at those for the purposes of this article (plus I don’t much like to be watched).

Click the bottom-most option, Game Mode, and click the single toggle there to turn it on – although you’ll probably find it’s on by default.

Except it isn’t, even if it is. Apart from in a handful of games that have been specifically given the MS nod (this roster will appparently grow over time), you’ll have to additionally turn Game Mode on manually, on a per-game basis. This is where things start to go a little wrong, even before we get to actual performance.

Chances are, if you use Windows 10 you’ll already have encountered its ‘Game Bar’ pop-up interface at some point, mostly probably unbidden in some game you don’t want to use any of its recording or socialising tools for. Well, Game Mode requires calling it up the first time you run a newly-installed game, by pressing Win+G on your keyboard. Click the Settings icon of the far-right of the bar, then you’ll see another Game Mode toggle to turn on. You need to do this for every game. In theory.

Windows 10 Game Mode problems

The Game Bar works about 50% of the time, I find. In those it doesn’t, the pop-up simply won’t appear. It’s comparable to calling up the Steam overlay while playing a Steam game, so I don’t begrudge it its similar inconsistency, although thus far I’ve found it works significantly less often than Valve’s thinger does. Wider compatibility is something else the Creators Update is supposed to bring, and I suspect updates over time will expand it further, but in the meantime there are a whole lot of games for which I simply can’t turn Game Mode on.

Strikes me that this is a significant failure of interface design. Sure, I get that Windows 10 needs to hook right into a game in order to get its streaming and recording stuff working, but letting the OS know whether to turn on game mode for a given application or not is something that surely could be handled from an out-of-game list of everything installed on your system – something like how you can make per-game changes in Nvidia or AMD drivers.

The real facepalm element here is that Windows 10 does in fact have exactly this, squirrelled away in the car crash of random interface elements known as the separate Xbox app. Its list of what games are on your system is maddeningly partial, but you can manually populate it with anything it’s missed. Unfortunately, in the case of many games installed via Steam, this requires manually adding a shortcut to your Start menu before you can add it here. This system needs an upgrade.

The absolute failure here, though, is that even then it doesn’t provide any options other than ‘play’ and ‘remove’. This is such a blindingly obvious place to quickly turn Game Mode on for any of the games you have installed, or all of them in one fell swoop, rendering the issue of whether a game can support the Game Bar or not entirely academic, but it’s yet another victim of that sense that Windows 10 (and, before it, 8) features are developed in a vacuum, and never the twain shall meet until idiots like me start moaning about it upon release.

Really, the disastrous Xbox app needs to be killed with fire then rebuilt from the ground up, entirely integrated with Windows 10’s games settings, but, given how many years we had to suffer Games For Windows Live for, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Well, for those games that I could turn Game Mode on, here’s what the scores on the doors were in terms of performance.

Windows 10 Game Mode performance

I should say first that I haven’t tested this on a vast range of games, primarily because the results for those I did were so underwhelming that there seemed little point in continuing. However, more important than that is that I could not meaningfully asses what effects Game Mode has when playing games day in, day out.

To be clear- its purpose is less to boost your maximum frame rate and more to clamp down on big fluctuations within it, as various background processes trigger or otherwise consume system resources. I cannot, realistically, create a synthetic test that would precisely replicate the way my PC would behave over, say, two hours of playing the same section of the same game in exactly the same say, with Game Mode on and then again it with it off. I ran a few brief approximations of how that could play out, as I’ll get into below, but what I cannot realistically speak to is whether you’re going to feel a difference across hours of play.

I think, in theory, you might well be spared the occasional brief frame rate dip, and perhaps more so if you only have a dual-core or otherwise lowly processor, but I don’t believe that the effect will be profound. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s do some NUMBERS.

Here’s Nier: Automata running maxed-out at 3440×1440 on a 1080 Ti. The game’s locked to 60 FPS max, whether Vsync’s on or not, so what we’re interested in here is not the maximum frame rate, but rather the minimum and average.

Nier, Game Mode off

Min Avg
58 59.283

Nier, Game Mode on

Min Avg
55 59.25

So… that’s a lower frame rate with Game Mode on, then. I’m happy to put that down to random variance. I ran the same scene (running back and forth without attacking during the first boss) fight in both tests, but there’s no way to make them totally identical. This is not a meaningful test as clearly my system is, by and large, untroubled by Nier and unfortunately I’m not able to see how far above 60 frames it can go, so what I did next was dramatically underclock my graphics card in order that it had to struggle. Here’s what we got.

Nier, GPU underclocked, Game Mode off

Min Avg
45 54.8

Nier, GPU underclocked, Game Mode on

Min Avg
44 53.167

So we get a much lower minimum frame rate in both cases, but once again the game seems to run a trifle slower with Game Mode on. That could well be down to random variance again, but I do have a slight suspicion that whatever Game Mode does to monitor and clamp down on background processes and GPU usage might take a tiny resource toll in itself.

Onto The Witcher 3, where I focused most of my testing due to its unlocked maximum frame rate, and because I know from experience that it’s a game whose performance fluctuates significantly even on this beefy Pascal card. In this case, I ran the benchmark while Geralt stood still, watching an NPC-populated dock. Though the camera or the player-character didn’t move, NPC movements, day/night cycles and weather do mean that each run is not entirely identical.

The Witcher 3, Game Mode off

Min Max Avg
71 82 80.2

The Witcher 3, Game Mode on

Min Max Avg
65 85 80.15

Not much to take from that. Once again, the minimum and average are actually higher with Game Mode off, but in this case the Max is higher when it’s on. The extremes were clearly very brief, however, given the average is effectively identical.

I didn’t do an underclocked GPU test on this one, both because there was enough framerate variance already and because I’m reasonably confident that Game Mode can’t do anything when a game’s performance is GPU-bound. What I wanted to look at instead is what Game Mode can do if the CPU’s tied up with other stuff while you’re gaming.

I went to an extreme to start with, setting Handbrake to re-encode a 1080p video while Geralt sat on the dock of the bay and watched the tide rolling in. This meant my CPU (a 2010 i7 980X overclocked to 4GHz, which makes it a mid-range CPU by today’s standards) was under near-100% load. No-one in their right mind would consciously run a game while their PC was crunching video – both because the game would stutter and the encode would take much longer, but this test should give us a clearer sense of if Game Mode is really doing anything to background CPU usage.

The Witcher 3, video re-encoding, Game Mode off

Min Max Avg
61 74 69.65

The Witcher 3, video re-encoding, Game Mode on

Min Max Avg
68 78 74.483

Well, there you go. Something real – five frames per second more on average, and a minimum seven frames higher. Given my monitor’s refresh rate is 60Hz (I’ve turned Vsync off in order that the game can run beyond that), this difference is academic to my experience in this instance, but were I running a system that could only just hit 60 frames per sec in The Witcher 3, or a higher refresh screen, it would seem that I’d have a better shot at not falling below that. Presuming I was for some reason playing the game while encoding video, and did not care if that video encode took longer, anyway, which seems like a fairly rare usage scenario to me.

So, time for a slightly more real-world test. In the absence of actually making games faster, which I think is beyond the realm of possibility, my interest in Game Mode is if it can prevent something random that fires up in the background from making a game all spiky. So, what I did was run the same Geralt/dock scene again, with a 1080p movie file playing, a YouTube video playing and Malware Bytes scanning my hard drive for nasties. Didn’t tie up the whole CPU like the encoding it, but did place both sustained and random demands upon it. It’s a slight exaggeration of the kind of ways we might use our PCs while gaming, but hopefully approximates how things might go if, say, we’re playing a game on one screen while watching videos on another, then Windows’ own anti-virus tools kick in meanwhile.

The Witcher 3, system under load, Game Mode off

Min Max Avg
67 84 80.717

The Witcher 3, system under load, Game Mode on

Min Max Avg
79 86 83.467

Now, finally, we’re talking real numbers. The maximum doesn’t involve a dramatic difference – that’s the game hitting a GPU performance ceiling – and though the four-frame boost to the average is enough to make all the difference if you’re fighting to hit 60 FPS, it’s still fairly small. It’s minimum we want to look at here, though – that’s a full twelves frames up, which is yer actual proper big number, at least when it comes to game performance. That means that the game’s performance is not going to palpably spike so much as you play, which is the kind of situation where frame rates aren’t just willy-waving and really do effect how the game feels. Finally, proof that Game Mode really is holding other processes back so as to not interfere with a game.

However, there’s a consequence to that. With Game Mode on, the YouTube and movie file both stuttered as I played – enough so to be annoying. I ran the test again, with just YouTube running this time (and no malware scan), and though there was significantly less stuttering, there was still stuttering. I also noticed that IM app Telegram didn’t pop up a new message notification until some time after the fact while Game Mode was on, but did so instantly when Game Mode was off.

In other words, it’s looking like you’ll want to leave Game Mode off if you’re any kind of multi-tasker when gaming. It’s fine for me as I’m not capable of splitting my attention like that, but I strongly suspect it’s also going to present issues if you’re streaming or otherwise recording as you play.

Windows 10 Game Mode: conclusions

With no option to whitelist or filter processes, this makes Game Mode a mixed blessing even when it is doing something real. I’d love, for example, to be able to have it automatically quash any attempt by notorious random resource hog Windows Defender to chew up my CPU while I’m in-game, but to specify that it should leave Spotify, Slack and Netflix alone.

Maybe that will come. In the meantime, Game Mode’s a bit of a sour brew. You can’t always turn it on, when you do it often won’t have a tangible effect, and when it does it risks choking something else you do want running.

I appreciate the good intentions behind it, and with a bit of squinting I can see how it’s going to useful further down the line – especially on more under-powered CPUs that are knocked to their knees by e.g. malware scans – but right now it needs a serious interface rethink in addition to expanding its capabilities and filtering.

The simple fact is that I just don’t see myself making the effort to turn it on for a new game right now. There are astonishingly few situations in which I’d see any tangible benefit – with the proviso that things might be a little bit different on a much weaker CPU. I’d love for Windows’ gaming support to evolve to the extent that huge swathes of the bulky operating system are made to slumber when games run, making it more akin to how a console can dedicate that much more of its hardware to game performance, but that’s not what Game Mode is doing and nor is it, I suspect, at all realistic.

The Windows 10 Creators Update is available now via Windows Update, free if you already own Windows 10.

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56 Comments

  1. dangermouse76 says:

    In some games it wont work unless you are in windowed mode either. Agreed it’s a bit of a UI mess as well which is funny seeing as the companies job is to make user end software.

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      keithzg says:

      Honestly, their job is just to keep users using their software; making the UI and UX good and understandable for users is one approach one could take, but it’s rarely been Microsoft’s approach (or at least, rarely been the aspect that they’re actually good at or that’s done the job for them).

  2. SenorRoboto says:

    Seems like this will provide more consistent performance in real-world use cases, where people have 20 browser tabs open and a music player, etc.

    • LexW1 says:

      I think it “seems like it might…” is more correct than “seems like it will…” – there’s little evidence yet of it doing that.

  3. Alice O'Connor says:

    Game Mode stops Isaac slowing down while Netflix plays on my second screen with my laptop in silent mode, which has basically been one of the biggest PC problems. I’m content!

  4. caff says:

    I had a feeling it would be a load of old balls. Sweaty, hairy balls.

  5. kalzekdor says:

    Seems like the focus of Game Mode is more for low-end PCs. If you have a decent gaming rig it doesn’t seem to do a whole lot, but if your PC barely manages to run Windows itself Game Mode apparently makes a huge difference in performance.

    • Baines says:

      It sounds like it isn’t even for low end machines, rather it is for users who run (or just don’t bother to kill) various other resource-eating active programs while gaming.

      And I guess it might help whenever Windows itself decides a boss fight is the perfect time to start scanning your PC for viruses or to download an update.

      • kalzekdor says:

        Not exactly, though that’s certainly part of it. The performance gains are mostly a result of intelligent process prioritization and isolation. These things naturally benefit lower end PCs more, simply as a factor of the raw resource availability. There’s not much that it does that can’t be done manually with managing process priorities, CPU affinity, and clearing active memory, but it’s neat that these gains are now available automatically, and to a layperson. On a higher end rig it might be as simple as “close one or two resource intensive programs”, but at the lower end Windows itself is going to be a not insignificant drain on resources.

        • Baines says:

          But how much is it really going to help lower end on a practical level?

          The cursory RPS test implies that Game Mode itself brings a measurable, if small, performance hit. If that performance hit is real, then lower end PCs will presumably suffer a greater hit due to having less to spare. Having less to spare also raises the question of how much a Game Mode can actually save, even ignoring its own performance cost.

          Even in the pre-update press bits, the first iteration of Game Mode seemed to focus on bringing a minimal performance boost out of changing priorities for resources. The big benefit of that was always going to be reducing the hit of other resource-hungry apps, including protecting games from Win10’s own tendency to run resource-hungry services at inopportune times.

        • Buuurr says:

          Personally, I think it is great. This may seem odd to us on here but most people just do not have the affinity with all this stuff that we do. They may seem like it but they are just talking.

          From my experiences with my career, and more recently with my side job of diagnosing/building rigs to combat what I refer to as ‘the stupids’, I have seen what the world has to offer in terms of how smart gamers actually are in relation to the non-gamers. Often they are the worst.

          One of my most recent examples is someone I will call Bill. Bill had an issue where his pings and lag spikes in WOW were just unbearable. I asked Bill what he did while running WOW to cause this (having determined that Bill was running a PC with hardware more than capable of WOW and some other tasks). Bill said, ‘Nothing.’ Well, ‘nothing’ turned out to be that Bill running nothing meant that while playing WOW he ran a program called Curse. Curse in and of itself called up game streaming software automatically as well as game capture and many, many mods that ran within WOW itself. Still not a bad situation if Bill actually knew what he was doing.

          Bill’s ‘nothing’ was three FTU communication software packages. Ventrilo, TeamSpeak and some other one that started with Blue… Bill only used one. The one within Curse itself (according to Bill). Bill ran two virus scans. AVG and some other one that used an incredible amount of RAM for doing nothing… uh… Avast. Yes. Avast. Bill streamed all his games through Twitch embedded within Curse. Bill recorded all his gameplay using something that came with an AMD video card software package he ran to the hard drive. Bill ran WOW through a VPN he had setup. This VPN would automatically back up his most recent system image to a local Maxtor NAS/storage box as well as to an offsite hard drive that he paid a monthly subscription to. Bill did this to combat the ‘Chinese hackers’. How that was done is beyond me.

          With all this going on, a blow-by-blow of Bill’s gaming was him loading WOW. Doing a Raid. Streaming. Tabbing out to select music he was also streaming through apple software with all the above shit going on. Watching YouTube videos of his mates doing the same raid from the night before during pauses and bathroom breaks.

          Bill’s CPU was literally running at full clip 100% of the time it spent with Bill. Within five minutes I (using wizardry) adjusted Bill’s boot times from 14 minutes (no exaggeration) to 4 minutes. Bill was not happy with this. He wanted to do all the crap above, using all the crap above, in the way he was doing it before. He kept talking on and on about how this guy told him this and this guy told him that. His loyalty to people who had done nothing but give him shit advice versus his distain for my adjustments and recommendations were astounding.

          Ultimately, his dad was fed up and just said price and build me a box that will do all that shit he wants to shut him up. I did. It cost his dad over $2000 (just the tower) but there are no complaints. I made a quarter of the tower cost on time and maintenance. $500 for three hours work.

          Bill. Bill is why Microsoft made this. Now Bill wont call Comcast and say they suck. Now Bill wont call Dell and say they sold him a piece of shit. Now ,I (hopefully), wont have to deal with Bills as much.

          • Ghostwise says:

            I’ll admit that I laughed at the “Chinese hackers !” bit.

            Those malevolent, maudlin Manchurian malware mongers ! Uh !

          • Baines says:

            If Windows does start automatically adjusting performance for games, I just realized we might now run into people who blame poor video capture, YouTube streaming, and the like on specific games that they play…

          • poliovaccine says:

            Sounds like Bill is a handy stooge to suffer… I mean sure, the stubborn ignorance is astounding, but the blank check to build a supertower on your bill is a nice little result, and also a typical one. The Bills of the world can be your bread and butter.

            I used to make websites for people. They paid huge sums. Out of a misplaced sense of conscience, I habitually warned them they could do this all themselves. They insisted on paying for the convenience of not having to learn how. So… hey. Three thousand dollars please. For what I did, I was lowballing compared to other folks out there, because I couldn’t just gouge em clean out like a melon, but you do know what they say about a fool and his money..

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      keithzg says:

      This is precisely my own hope. I have a computer made from spare parts that my flatmate plays Overwatch on, and it struggles even with settings turned very very low but it’s ever-so-liminally playable; I’m hoping this ekes out a few more frames (and stops the occasional background update from plummeting the framerate down to unusable level). I would have already given this a shot if I wasn’t out of town visiting family for Easter, in fact.

  6. Imperialist says:

    Testing this on anything less than a mid-grade machine, or a downright clunker is…silly. Do you really expect this to make a difference when you are running at 4k on top-end hardware? This feature isnt here for you.

  7. El Mariachi says:

    Why is that lady using a joystick and screaming at the Start menu on a CRT monitor?

    • Fitzmogwai says:

      I suspect you would scream too if you were using Windows 10 with only a joystick as your sole input device.

    • Otterley says:

      She wanted to play Aces of the Pacific, only to find DOS had ‘upgraded’ to Win 10 overnight.

    • k3zza_m4chin3_ says:

      I’ve seen this many times before: playing a game and then crash to desktop. The rage man, the rage.

    • geldonyetich says:

      Mock her not, for she has captured the true essence of PC gaming, and is now capable of summoning ecstasy from the Windows 10 start menu alone. Were she to use appropriate interface devices for the applications actually designed to be enjoyable, the waves of pleasure would decimate whole cities. It is an awesome power and responsibility.

    • Unclepauly says:

      Hey, girls are people too, man. Be nice.

  8. cpy says:

    Game mode is for situation with low ram right? Nobody bothered to test that… typical.

  9. warkwark says:

    Nice article, Alec.

    The feature might eventually be useful for people who don’t really know how PCs work. People for whom the PC is a magic game-box. Though I suspect that’s a dying breed, thanks to consoles and mobile gaming.

    Those who regularly game on PCs, or indeed just work with them, don’t try idiotic stuff like encoding videos while trying to play a game. I suspect that 99.9% of RPS’ audience falls into that category.

    But it’s fun to see numbers showing just how trifling this “feature” currently is, even when deliberately trying such boneheaded moves. ;)

  10. kud13 says:

    While M$oft continues to try to brand its PC gaming efforts a division of its playbox, I have 0 faith in them achieving anything useful.

    I’m pretty sure GaFWL gave me mild PTSD

  11. Kefren says:

    I currently have Win 7 on all my PCs, even new laptops. I’m dreading what I’ll do if it stops working. My experiences with Windows 8 and 10 were horrible. I hated the way things seem to be split between different interfaces, and the weird flat looks, and hearing about Win10 spying and having forced updates. Maybe I have a few years yet. Maybe Windows 2018 will go back to being a single OS again.

    • kalzekdor says:

      Windows 10 telemetry concerns are way overblown in the media. True, the default settings are a bit invasive in my mind, but it’s simple enough to turn it down to a bare minimum that’s not much more than “Hey look, this machine is running Windows 10!” Windows 10 also fixed the interface clashes that plagued Windows 8, it no longer assumes you’re running on a tablet regardless of the actual hardware.

      …you’re not wrong about the forced updates, though.

      • Kefren says:

        “Windows 10 also fixed the interface clashes that plagued Windows 8”
        I got the impression (even from this article) that many settings are split between the normal Windows interface and the Metro interface? Also that the way it mixes “apps” and programs is confusing. I just want a desktop and programs and a Start menu, none of the app Metro stuff. Maybe I’m wrong and you don’t have to see any of that? That would be good.

        • kalzekdor says:

          Yeah, I don’t use any of the Windows Store apps or the like. The article was referring to the age old Microsoft problem that different teams don’t really work together to provide a uniform experience. Windows 8 was a particularly bad example of that because it was very prominent, but it’s always been a problem with Windows, going back to Windows NT. The Windows Store has a separate interface from the basic Explorer interface, but I actually prefer the fact that it’s not tightly integrated, it makes it easier to ignore.

        • Seafort says:

          Windows 10 is more Windows 7 than 8 IMO.

          There’s no swapping from Metro to desktop and the Start menu is back. The tiles are there but you can configure them or just remove them.

          I use a 3rd party program to remove the spying crap and telemetry but with some research you can easily disable anything you don’t want within Windows.

          I used Windows 7 as well but I gave Windows 10 a go and not been back to Win 7 since.

          Just do your own research and don’t listen to the hyperbole from the media and haters of Win 10. It’s not as bad as they say it is. You just need to be wary of what’s turned on in the OS and turn it off if you don’t want it on.

          Good luck and have fun :)

      • Huntattocks says:

        Basic telemetry settings still sends loads of information though. Enough to tell MS which applications you are using, for how long you are using them, and the like. That is certainly not okay.

        Then theres the ads. In a product that costs actual money…

      • Baines says:

        I feel that Windows 10 hasn’t gotten a fair shake, and routinely gets blamed for issues even when it isn’t responsible.

        At the same time, I won’t defend its interface issues. The Win10 interface was pasted over the Win7 interface, and incompletely at that. There are plenty of things that still require the legacy interface, but some newer stuff appears to only be available through the Win10 UI.

        Worse, like the article above describes, there are situations where changing behavior requires changing settings in multiple areas. Sometimes there are conflicting changes. And sometimes stuff just doesn’t even seem to work at all. (For example, Win10 has ignored my background image choice for the log-in screen ever since the anniversary update changed it.)

  12. Greg says:

    This update isn’t really for your average PC gamer. I personally plan to avoid this update like the plague. The main purpose to capture gaming content and create a revenue stream for Microsoft. This update will enable advertising within Windows 10. The annoying ads we see in our web browsers will now show up in various operating components (e.g. File Explorer, Taskbar). There are ways to disable this, mostly by disabling app sharing and limiting Cortana through the settings. Still this update is about 5% useful and 95% trojan horse.

    Google away or check out …

    link to theverge.com

    link to pcworld.com

  13. foszae says:

    Was kind of curious to experiment with it, but apparently i’d already disabled the Game Bar and i don’t care enough to figure out how to reverse that.

    Besides, i already have custom batch files for disabling certain lag-spike services and processes if i’m playing a particularly demanding game. Much easier to manually tweak that than figure out some opaque M$ interface.

  14. frymaster says:

    I hang around the IRC channel for the voice chat program mumble, which also wants to hook into games to display an overlay to show you who is currently speaking. They had awful issues when hardware-accelerated 2D came along because they could no longer assume “hardware accelerated” meant “game” – they were displaying the overlay on firefox and MS Office, for example.

    I suspect it’s for a similar reason that windows can’t display the game bar for everything. And once MS have to make a manual decision, their burden goes beyond a list of games and becomes making sure the game bar doesn’t crash people’s games on launch.

    That being said, MS has all the money so I don’t see why they can’t just go ahead and do that

  15. geldonyetich says:

    Isn’t there some app on Steam that gives much better performance gains? Maybe Microsoft should just buy out that guy.

    • Buuurr says:

      Dimmdrive? I have it. It rocks but that is just a game-based RAM drive. It works great on games in which you can create an entire RAM drive (picture a hard drive or ssd running entirely in RAM) and fit those games into the RAM drive. TON and some smaller FTP games fit in there on a 32GB system and run super fast. Load times are nothing once first loaded. My goal is to be able to run Fallout 4 entirely in my RAM (which would require 80GB of reserved RAM) for shits.

  16. Faxanadu says:

    Windows doing useless things -> Make a gamemode that stops windows from doing useless things.

    This is basically everything that is wrong with software nowdays. Just like google with youtube. Useless updates that make things worse.

    YOU ALREADY GOT THE MONOPOLY. Do you REALLY need to have more???

    • geldonyetich says:

      What does having a monopoly have to do with addressing the enevitable problem with big OS developing too many cooks in the kitchen?

      Fixing that is a good idea, it just doesn’t seem Game Mode is there yet.

  17. liquidsoap89 says:

    Game mode’s not even showing up for me… It says I’m up to date, but no gaming related changes can be found.

    Looks like I’m off to a good start with this!

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      subdog says:

      “Starting today, the Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with newer machines first.”

    • fish99 says:

      Mine hasn’t updated either. I guess when they said it launches on the 14th, they meant some random point in time after the 14th.

  18. Farnbeak says:

    YAAAY for the screaming lady! Good article – check!
    Especially fitting in the context and that win10 on her screen is a magic touch :)

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    MajorLag says:

    “Chances are, if you use Windows 10 you’ll already have encountered its ‘Game Bar’ pop-up interface at some point”

    Actually I was blissfully unaware of its existence until the first article about Game Mode. Maybe it’s because my keyboard lacks a Windows key, being as it was made in the 1980s. Tradeoff is that I can bludgeon a man to death with it and it’ll still work.

    I work in IT, so I feel qualified to say that Microsoft almost seems intent on killing off Windows these days. They keep adding useless features nobody asked for, want to remove all control from their users, and keep trying to turn the OS into an ad platform while still asking you to pay over a hundred fucking dollars for it.

    Frankly, even though I still think the Linux world needs to pull its head out of its ass a bit more to become a viable replacement for most people, I personally have been considering switching for some time. Between having more Linux-native games these days (thanks no in small part to the efforts of Valve), Play-On-Linux (WINE), and now VGPU, it should be doable with a relatively minimal sacrifice. For me, that is. There’s unfortunately still a good amount of ground to cover to make it decent for the masses.

    You know what we need? We need a non-profit to come in and just build a Linux good desktop, ditching all the bullshit, polishing all the turds. Don’t even call it Linux, because people might get it confused with that thing where there are 10 different init systems. Sorta like how OSX was built on Mach (which spawned from FreeBSD, a wholly more consistent OS than Linux who’s only real flaw is significantly worse hardware support). It could certify hardware too, so you know if the components you’re buying are supported for real or not. And while we’re at it, we can go ahead and build a development environment that isn’t balls. Anyone up for a kickstarter?

    • Buuurr says:

      “I work in IT, so I feel qualified to say that Microsoft almost seems intent on killing off Windows these days.”

      400 million people are using Windows 10 on active devices. It was the fastest transition from one OS to another to date. It broke records as the most installed program on separate devices on Earth in the shortest amount of time using a combination of peer sharing and the amazing crazy servers at Microsoft and friends. Frankly, it was nothing short of mind blowing the way it was snapped up. It is predicted that Windows 10 will be active on over 1 billion devices in under two years. I work in IT as well. Please explain to me why we differ in this opinion?

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        Don Reba says:

        It was the fastest transition from one OS to another to date.

        Only in Microsoft’s marketing. Independent counters showed it under-performed Windows 7 despite being free and forced down the users’ throats.

    • Grizzly says:

      You know what we need? We need a non-profit to come in and just build a Linux good desktop, ditching all the bullshit, polishing all the turds. Don’t even call it Linux, because people might get it confused with that thing where there are 10 different init systems.

      Don’t we already have that in the form of Ubuntu?

  20. Esin12 says:

    “Fire up settings.”

  21. BaronKreight says:

    I guess this feature won’t be of much use to high end system users. I think it’s more for low to mid end PCs. And you know for these systems even a few frames increase can improve experience. Would be better though if this feature were easy to use with no special requirements and other gateways from MS.

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