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Microsoft's New Windows 10 Game Mode Will Maximize Gaming Performance ( 129

Microsoft has started officially testing a new Game Mode feature in Windows 10. From a report: Traces of the new option were found back in December, but the most recent test build of Windows 10 (15007) includes Game Mode in the Xbox app. MSPoweruser has supplied some screenshots of how you can enable the option, but Microsoft has not yet officially unveiled Game Mode for everyone to test. Microsoft's description lists the feature as a mode to let a PC make gaming the "top priority to improve your game's quality." It's still not clear exactly how Game Mode will improve gaming performance, but it's likely that Windows 10 will simply suppress system processes and other apps from taking too many CPU, GPU, and RAM resources away from the primary game being played.
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Microsoft's New Windows 10 Game Mode Will Maximize Gaming Performance

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 13, 2017 @11:25AM (#53660805)

    It was confirmed a little while back that this 'Game Mode' will only work on MS Storefront games, like Forza Horizon 3, Gears 4, etc. So it's going to be very limited for most PC gamers.

    • I was just think what is the point? Most new games are released to the various consoles. Seems like you can't hardly buy any of the better games for PC anymore.

      • Console ports are the 'better games'? You are nuts.

      • by Ranbot ( 2648297 )

        Most new games are released to the various consoles. Seems like you can't hardly buy any of the better games for PC anymore.

        There are major studios producing games solely or primarily or have PC exclusives, even more so as Sony and MS push the lifespans of their aging consoles, while PC hardware continues to improve. The improvement in PC hardware over consoles is important for many gamers. Even for games on both consoles and PC, if the developer puts marginal effort into their PC version it will typically have advantages for gamers like better graphics, better interface, more customization options, and/or competitive play optio

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Scratch this, it DOES work for Win32. Now I'm interested.

    • That's a pity. They oughta provide support for Steam in this mode - that would make a whole lot of more sense
    • Right. So what exactly is this mode doing: slowing down everything that came from Steam, perhaps, giving advantage only to software that has paid up? This sounds dangerously close to the Microsoft that was "competing" with WordPerfect, back in the day.

    • Games that may actually run better if you buy them separately from the store so that they're not encumbered with store features.

  • by Joe_Dragon ( 2206452 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @11:40AM (#53660897)

    No steam = just about useless. Who wants to use MS store games only?

    • by Nutria ( 679911 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @11:43AM (#53660915)

      Microsoft does!!! :)

    • by sad_ ( 7868 )

      imagine that games running in 'game mode' highly increase the performance, so you get the chance of playing game x through steam with 40fps or through the windows store at 75fps. guess what is going to happen?
      MS will put in code to make non-win-store games underperform, do you think this is never going to happen? it wouldn't be the first time MS pulls of something like this. sure, they might get caught and get a fine, the damage will already be done, talk to the companies who were in the same situation befo

  • Fail DirectX 12 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by zenlessyank ( 748553 )

    So the improved gaming performance was a lie and now on to plan 2.

  • Goes to 11. (Score:5, Funny)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @11:53AM (#53660983)

    Nigel Tufnel: The performance numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most OSs go up to ten?

    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's faster? Is it any faster?

    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one faster, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your Grand Theft Auto. Where can you go from there? Where?

    Marty DiBergi: I don't know.

    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One faster..

    Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten faster and make ten be the top number and make that a little faster?

    Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

    • Re:Goes to 11. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by ls671 ( 1122017 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @12:05PM (#53661063) Homepage

      pff.. vlc volume control goes to 200% that would be 20!

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It reminds me of a time when I tried to order a meal from a fast-food place. Specifically, I said "I'd like the smallest one you have."
      He says "We don't have a small, we have a Medium." I said "Ok, so I'll take that one, if it's the smallest one you have." He replies "We just have a medium, we don't have a Small," and then just stands there staring at me.
      So I look him directly in the eyes and I say "Well, you have a Medium, a Large, and an Extra Large. I want the smallest of the three." He thinks about it f

      • by mikael ( 484 )

        One, Two, Many, Many-Many ,,,

      • So the poor sucker that lost in the genetic lottery and is someone in the %15 of the population below average intelligence, has to stand all day doing an incredibly boring and repetitive job all the while being belittles and humiliated from average intelligence assholes like yourself; $15/hour? Not even $50 is good enough for having to deal with bullies like you
        • 15% of the population is below average intelligence? Speaking as a psychometrician, our models assume a latent intelligence space that is normally distributed (actually, while most of the item response models are parametric, I personally prefer mokken scaling, or ordinal IRT. Both however assert stochastic ordering for dichotomous items) which would make the realisation of 15% of the area under the curve impossible for the integral of scores from (-Inf,0). If 15% is the actual area below the mean score IQ,

          • I am not a psychometrician and my number was a rather crude deduction from a quick google search that gives %68 of the population between between IQ's of 85 and 115. Assuming the remainder is roughly evenly divided between above and below, I deduced the %15 figure giving it a %2 margin of error. Thank you for the information though. Just because my post was mostly a rant against self-important jerks it doesn't mean I should have skimped on research
            • Very courteous reply, and always happy to talk statistics. I miss the old Slashdot.

              Anyway, assuming a normal distribution, 50% of the distribution is below the mean (integral from -Inf to 0, assuming we've centred the distribution at 0). Basically what they're deriving from those numbers is a normal distribution with mean of 100 and sd of 15 (and therefore variance=225). The first two moments norm and variance define the distribution of a Gaussian variable, and from this we know the portion of the probabili

    • For anybody missing the reference: "This is Spinal Tap" []

  • UWP titles only (Score:4, Informative)

    by ArhcAngel ( 247594 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @12:09PM (#53661097)
    Game Mode will only work for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games so it will not benefit any of the games that would really benefit from it.
    • well those gamemakers could convert their games to uwp and push it though steam, done, gamemode support.

  • I bet it's just SteamOS in a VM...
  • Every time I read an article about a so and so optimization it seems to me like marketing FUD.

    Take for example that Windows was optimized for start up and that it's faster than ever before. This was all the rage a while back but I always found that even though you arrive at the desktop faster you are unable to start any applications for some time which could be as long as minutes. Linux or Mac may seem to take a little longer to load but are often functional a lot quicker on the same hardware.

    Is this more s

  • Biggest annoyance is when Skype decides to suddenly remove focus from the game window, fucking everything up.

    My system runs games just fine and dandy, thank you. Fix your other broken shit that interferes with my gaming.

  • That big fat paycheck from Microsoft.

    How can you say "Game Mode WILL MAXIMIZE gaming performance" and have zero information on what it does?

    Windows has had a "prioritize performance for the user focused app" since like Windows 98 or 2000. So you can't just say "it will likely do that" because it's already supposed to do that.

    I'm ALL FOR new features, kernel improvements, and so on. For Windows or Linux. I really don't care, as I use BOTH on a daily basis. But FFS, either give us some information to validate

  • by WallyL ( 4154209 ) on Friday January 13, 2017 @03:09PM (#53662469)

    What if I really, really, want to play in Windowed mode?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    We used to call that the OS, you just didn't install a bunch of stupid stuff.

    Nowadays it would appear that there is so much bloatware baked into what they are passing off as an OS that they need a special mode for games.....

  • Microsoft’s description lists the feature as a mode to let a PC make gaming the “top priority to improve your game’s quality.”

    So basically Microsoft is taking the following Windows API call that's been around forever and marketing it as a new feature: []

    Brilliant Microsoft marketing, just absolutely brilliant...

  • So if I put solitaire into the autostart folder, I can finally stop those annoying win10 updates and myriad mysterious internet connections???
    Maybe I can finally get work done??
    Now if they could change the UI so that buttons are recognizable and repair the really bad win update system !
  • "It's still not clear exactly how Game Mode will improve gaming performance, but it's likely that Windows 10 will simply suppress system processes"

    Do you mean like renice [] does it on a Linux system.
    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      When Windows 10 starts a lot of system processes and other apps start to look for network updates over a few seconds or minutes.
      Needing cpu time and bandwidth. Looking for updates and getting data or full updates.
      CPU and network use can be strange even on new i5 and i7 with broadband.
      The ides seems to be to create a space in the OS to just allow what a game is expected to need.
      Will all games get that support by default? Will that support be open to any developer or will it have to be designed in?

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