While Microsoft has definitely taken some steps to improve the PC gaming experience in the last few years, it’s been a rather shaky road up to this point. While games such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 have received fairly solid PC ports, issues such as launch-day performance, connectivity problems with the Xbox One controller, and the need to constantly update your version of Windows are just some of the problems that plague PC gamers. Still, improvements and fixes are coming every day, and it looks like a brand new “Game Mode” feature is in the works for Windows 10.
As reported by Windows Central, the upcoming “Game Mode” will improve the gaming experience on Windows 10 by freeing up resources when trying to play a game. In theory, by minimizing background processes, and by shutting down all unnecessary programs, Game Mode will put less strain on system components such as RAM and CPU, which in turn could lead to performance gains when gaming, especially if you’re playing a more demanding title. This method of freeing up system resources is not entirely dissimilar to how the Xbox One runs, which shuts down and suspends background processes and apps in order to allocate as many resources as it can to running a game.
As of now, we are unsure if this mode will apply to games running on 3rd party services such as Steam or Origin, or whether or not it will be limited to games that were purchased from the Windows 10 Store. As always though, we’ll keep you posted once we hear more.