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Game Mode and other gaming improvements in Windows 10 build 15019

Game Mode windows 10
  • On January 26, 2017

Windows Insiders get early access to new features for PC and Xbox One

Microsoft will be rolling out this week a new preview build of Windows 10 PC to those in the Fast Ring, allowing them to test new gaming features. Windows 10 build 15019 will include a special Game Mode that prioritizes game’s access to CPU and GPU, and deprioritizes background tasks.

The feature is still in the development stage, but once completed it should improve the quality of the PC gaming for both Win32 and UWP games. Game Mode won’t be turned on by default for Win32 games, because the users may want to continue a background task while playing a game. However, many UWP games may implement the Gaming priority feature by default. To enable Game Mode, you have to press Win + G, and select ‘Use Game mode for this game’ from the Xbox game bar.

Other new features for Windows 10 PC include built-in Beam streaming. Press Win + G to access the Xbox Game bar and start broadcasting. Microsoft has improved the quality of the stream, ensuring that everyone have under one second of delay.

Settings gaming Windows 10 PC

There will be a new ‘Gaming’ section in Settings, with settings for Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting. The company also improves the Cortana gaming experience in Xbox One, and adds Xbox Screentime to limit the child’s access to the device.

Along with the new PC build, Microsoft may also decide to release a Windows 10 Mobile build with some new features and improvements for Insiders. Stay tuned.