In a recent article, we reported that Microsoft was working on a Game Mode for Windows 10 that would be using some elements of Xbox One to optimize game performance. That rumor has now been confirmed by Microsoft.
In a post on Xbox Wire, head of Xbox platform engineering Mike Ybarra said:
“Our vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and we’ll have much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.”
Ybarra also added on Twitter that Game Mode would support UWP and Win32 games. The original rumor was that game support would be restricted to UWP games alone, which would have seriously impacted the value of Game Mode. With Win32 games now confirmed as being supported as well, that will hopefully entice a much larger segment of the PC gaming community.
Ybarra’s comments on the blog point to yet another major update for Windows 10. If it comes in the next few days that will mean three major preview builds in a short span of 10 days – unprecedented for Microsoft. The first one – Windows 10 Preview Build 15002 came on Monday; the second – Windows 10 Preview Build 15007 came a few days later.
Game Mode is going to be a major update to Windows 10 because it directly addresses the needs of the PC gaming community, which numbers in the hundreds of millions. Though Windows 10 adoption amongst gamers in the United States already exceeds 70%, that number will inevitably expand once Game Mode appears in full on the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Game Mode – or at least evidence of it – was originally seen on Windows 10 Build 14997, and there were clues that pointed to the fact that it would be somehow based on how Xbox One handles games. However, we still don’t know the exact technology that Microsoft is using to bring enhanced game optimization to Windows 10.
What we do know is that it is a significant addition to the Creators Update, which is already chock-full of features.
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