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How to use Game Mode in Windows 10

Game Mode in Windows 10

If you normally play video games from your computer, it is very likely that you use a computer with a Windows operating system. 

Although this is not a problem if you use a computer designed for video games it may be that a simpler computer does “suffer” a bit more when playing video games. 

However, Windows 10’s built-in Game Mode can help bridge the gap by allocating more resources to games and disabling background processes. 

How to enable game mode in Windows 10

The process to activate the game mode is very simple:

  1. Open the settings menu , either by searching for it or by clicking the gear icon in the start menu.
  2. In the window that appears, choose ‘Games’ and select the ‘Game Mode’ tab from the left panel.
  3. Make sure the ‘Use game mode’ option is activated. 

Windows 10 Game Mode

How to activate game mode from within a game

Once Game Mode has been activated in Settings, it can be activated for most video games, as you can see. This means it doesn’t have to be on for the basic game, but it can work if you’re struggling to run a more intense one. 

  1. Open the game you want to use in Game Mode
  2. You will now be prompted to enter the Windows Key + G keyboard shortcut, or the Xbox button if you have connected a controller. If not, it usually means that the game is not supported, but it is worth a try anyway
  3. In the game bar that opens, click the settings icon at the far right of the screen
  4. A separate window will open, and here you just have to check the “Use game mode for this game” box.

What are the differences in Game Mode?

A significant one, as long as you don’t have dedicated gaming hardware . Those gadgets will probably cope well with even graphics-intensive titles, but you will definitely see a benefit on budget or mid-range gadgets. 

The game mode works by restricting background activities to maximize game performance. This means that things like updates and notifications are temporarily disabled, ensuring that the maximum amount of resources are allocated to the game you are playing. 

Microsoft specifically stated that Game Mode would lead to a “more consistent gaming experience.” This means that the frame rate will remain more constant, avoiding dropouts and huge drift that can cause lag. 

This video, posted when the feature debuted on Windows 10 in 2017, explains more:

If you are interested in video games, you will also like to know which are the best free video games to play on your computer. 

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