There are tens of ways out there to optimize Windows 10 for gaming. In fact, one can find many free as well as paid software to improve the gaming performance of a Windows PC.
What’s the Game Mode feature in Windows 10?
If you regularly play resource-intensive games on your Windows 10 PC, you can now optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. And the best part is that you can do so without the help of third-party utilities or Registry tweaks.
With the Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called Game Mode. The Game Mode, when turned on, optimizes your Windows 10 for gaming by minimizing resources used by other apps and services.
While Microsoft has not revealed how exactly the Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for gaming, it’s likely that the Game Mode reduces resources used by other programs, apps, and services.
Most of the third-party so-called game boosters available for Windows kill unwanted services, processes, background tasks, background apps, and programs to free up RAM and reduce CPU load.
The built-in Game Mode in Windows 10 eliminates the need of a third-party game booster. By default settings, Game Mode is turned off, and you need to turn on the same under Settings.
Here is how to turn on Game Mode and use Game Mode for a game in Windows 10.
Turn on Game Mode in Windows 10
IMPORTANT: Game Mode is present in Creators Update build 15019 and above only. Make sure that you are running 15019 or above build before trying to turn on the Game Mode.
Step 1: Open Settings app. Navigate to Gaming > Game Mode.
Step 2: Here, turn on the Use Game Mode option to turn on the Game Mode feature.
Using Game Mode for a specific game
Turning on the Game Mode in Settings will not turn on Game Mode for all games. You need to configure an app to use Game Mode. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Start a game. Simultaneously press the Windows logo and G keys to see the Game bar. If the Game is not opening, navigate to Settings > Gaming > Game bar, and then turn on Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar option.
Step 2: On the Game bar, click the Settings icon to open the Game Bar settings page.
Step 3: Under the General tab, check Use game mode for this game option to start using Game Mode for the currently running game.
Enjoy your game!
Running Version 10.0.17134 Build 17134. It looks VERY LITTLE like what you show above!!!! No way to turn Game Mode on or off.
As we have mentioned in the article, you need to be running the latest 15015 or later builds of Windows 10 to enable Game Mode.
Blair Dunlop says
This is absolute crap….. there is no Game Mode, not in my Windows 10 Pro X64!!!!!!!!