The new Windows 10 Game Mode is rolling out today
The Windows 10 Creators Update has begun rolling out to users across the world today, following months of waiting.
While the new upgrade promises a wealth of new additions for normal users, the Windows 10 Game Mode will also include a range of improvement for Xbox One and PC gamers as well.
Microsoft have confirmed that these set new gaming features will be part of the new update:
- Built-in game streaming and interactivity with Beam
- Game performance improvements with Windows Game Mode
- A unified destination to customise system settings for the Windows 10 gaming experience.
Today’s release marks the biggest upgrade to Windows 10 since the launch of the Anniversary Update last autumn and you can check out some of those standout additions below:
Microsoft on built-in Beam game streaming: “We’re committed to making great gaming experiences that unify players across devices, and with the release of Beam on Windows 10 today following its console release last month, we’re doing just that.
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“Beam is the easiest and most interactive way to stream your gameplay on Windows 10. Simply press the Windows key + G while playing your game to bring up the Game bar, and you’ll find we’ve added a broadcast icon to launch Beam – no extra software required.
“This gives everyone the opportunity to show their creativity as a game broadcaster. And it gets better. Thanks to Beam’s low latency technology, Beam streams have less than a second of delay, enabling streamers to engage and interact with their viewers in near real-time.
“What’s more, Beam enables streamers to incorporate interactive features such as animation and sound triggers right into their stream. The ability to manage your Beam broadcast and interact with fellow gamers on chat will appear as overlays.”
Microsoft on Game Mode: “With Game Mode, it’s our goal to provide a better and more consistent gaming experience on Windows 10, by dedicating more system resources to your game. The initial release of Game Mode works best when your PC is experiencing resource contention.
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“In other words, when your PC is working hard to run your game and possibly other concurrent software, Game Mode can help manage system resources more efficiently and optimize them for gaming. What’s more, Game Mode works for both Win32 and UWP games.
“To enable Game Mode, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button. There you’ll be able to opt the running game into using Game Mode. And the Creators Update is just the first milestone in our commitment to Game Mode and Windows 10 performance improvements for PC gaming.”
Microsoft on Gaming section in Windows Settings: “Inside the main Windows System Settings, a new section has been added: Gaming, identified with the Xbox logo. This new section unifies your gaming settings into one easily accessible location.
“At the launch of the Creators Update, you’ll see four initial settings options: Game bar, GameDVR, broadcasting, and Game Mode. Note that Game Mode may then be turned on or off for specific games using the Game bar (Windows key + G).”