A while back, Microsoft had announced their plan to expand on and improve Windows 10 indefinitely rather than releasing a new operating system every couple of years. This was awesome news for consumers, as it meant that new updates and features would be rolling out much more steadily and for free, no less.
One such addition was the inclusion of a new Gaming section of the Settings app, marked with an Xbox logo. And while it brought a number of new and convenient functionalities for gamers, there is one specific feature we will be focusing on here: Game Mode.
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What is Game Mode?
What Game Mode does is re-arrange your PC’s priorities. Namely, it puts the game you’re running on the very top and takes up most of your computer’s resources to that game. This means that any background tasks are a secondary priority and that the game will be running as smoothly as possible.
How to Enable Game Mode?
With the latest updates, Game Mode will be turned on automatically on any PC that supports it and in every game that supports it.
As a side note, if you want to make sure that game mode is on for a specific game you’re playing, then simply follow these simple steps:
- Press Win + G to open the Game bar
- Once it is open, you will see a Game Mode icon next to the Settings button at the end of the row
- Simply click the Game Mode icon to turn it on or off
- If you want to make sure that Game Mode is always turned on automatically for the particular game you’re playing, click Settings and then click the tick box next to the Use Game Mode for this game option in the first section of the menu
And there you have it, it’s as simple as that!
So, whenever you’re facing lag, stuttering, slow load times, or any other problem on your game, make sure to check if Game Mode is enabled and don’t allow any demanding, memory-hungry programs to take away from your experience!