How to Use Game Mode In Windows 10

Last Updated: May 23, 2017

A dedicated Game Mode was one of the most talked about features in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released in April 2017. Microsoft claimed that enabling Game Mode will bring a noticeable difference while playing games, but you might be thinking how exactly does this process work, so let me explain this to you. Game Mode allocates the available hardware resources to a game by prioritizing the game and thereby preventing other background tasks from utilizing too much of the resources. This in turn, ensures a consistent frame rate while playing games in addition to very minor performance boosts. We’re pretty sure that you’re excited about this feature already, so let me get this straight by explaining how you can use Game Mode in Windows 10:

Enable Game Mode In Windows 10

NoteGame Mode is a feature that was introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update, so you need to have that installed. I’m using Game Mode in Windows 10 Build 1703 Insider Preview. 

Before you can start using Game Mode for all your favorite games, you need to turn on the feature in settings. Simply follow the steps below to easily get it done:

  • Go to Start Menu and click on the gear icon, so that you can go to “Settings”.

  • Now, in the Settings page, go to the gaming section by clicking on “Gaming”.

  • Once done, you can easily go the “Game Mode” menu and turn it on by moving the slider.

Enable Game DVR In Windows 10

Well, we’re not quite ready yet. In order to use the Game Mode that we just enabled, we need to turn on Windows Game DVR as well.

In order to do this, type “Xbox” in the Cortana Search bar. Once the Xbox app opens, go to Settings -> Record game clips and screenshots using Game DVR and move the slider to enable it.

Using Game Mode In Windows 10

We’re all set up now, so if you want to start using Game Mode for one of your favorite games, just open it up and simply follow the steps below:

  • Now that you’ve enabled Game DVR in the previous step, you’ll be able to open Windows 10’s Game Bar by pressing on “Win+G” keyboard shortcut at the same time. Once the Game Bar opens up, click on settings icon in the Game bar.

  • Then, click on “Use Game Mode for this game” to enable Game Mode for the game.

That’s pretty much the entire process, but keep in mind that you will have to do this individually for all the games you have on your library.

SEE ALSO: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: All The New Features and Changes

Ready To Try Out Game Mode in Windows 10?

Game Mode might not really bring a huge boost to your gaming performance, but it really helps in providing you with consistent performance, which is absolutely crucial while playing fast-paced games like first-person shooters. There might be a noticeable improvement if you were accustomed to frame rate drops during gaming sessions, but that completely depends on the hardware you’re using. Apart from that, you can expect an improvement of 1-2 average fps on some of your games. So, are you guys ready to try out Game Mode? Do let us know if Game Mode has improved the gaming performance on your PC, by shooting your views in the comments section down below.

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