Microsoft is bringing an exciting new feature for PC gamers
Windows 10 is about to get another major upgrade thanks to a new release from Microsoft.
The computing giant is hard at work on the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next significant upgrade to its software platform.
The release, set to launch in April, promises a wealth of improvements and new additions for Windows 10 users, but now one key feature is available for some lucky customers right now.
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Microsoft spent a significant proportion of time at the reveal of Windows 10 Creators Update focusing on the gaming capabilities of its new software.
Now, the company is releasing the Windows 10 Game Mode to try out for users now.
The feature, which as the name suggests is targeted at PC gamers, will allow users to enjoy improved performance when gaming.
Windows 10 Game Mode will tweak the system’s processes to prioritise CPU and GPU resources to enjoy better frame rates when playing – hopefully meaning a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience.
There’s also a new ‘Game Bar’ toolbar, which can be summoned by pressing Windows+G, to bring up shortcuts that will allow users to grab screenshots, record video and broadcast live action online via Microsoft’s Beam service.
The service will most likely need to be enabled on a game-by-game basis, with a new ‘Gaming’ menu within the Windows Control Panel.
Gaming will get a standalone menu in the Windows 10 Settings
If you’re interested in trying out Windows 10 Game Mode, you’ll need to be signed up to the Windows 10 Insider Program.
Once enrolled, you’ll be able to update to the latest 15019 preview build, which includes Game Mode.
The rest of us will be able to enjoy Game Mode, plus much more, when the Windows 10 Creators Update lands later this year.
Reports have suggested that the new release will launch in April.
Game Mode is far from the only new feature coming to Windows 10 Creators Update that will bring enhanced performance.
Reports earlier this month suggested that Microsoft is purportedly testing a new feature that will allow users to quickly alternate between improved battery life or faster performance.
The Redmond technology firm will include a new slider option within the battery pop-up in the taskbar, which will let users specify their priorities for power management.
The slider should make it much easier for users to eke more battery life from their machines, or chose to improve performance before opening a heavy-duty app.