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Enable the game mode to reduce performance in Windows 10

For players, the latest version of Windows was a mixed bag. No need to search the net to find complaints from players that the performance of the Windows 10 game is not what it should be. This is not true for everyone, but it seems common enough to warrant some concern.

Every update to Windows seems to bring a new round of complaints. Probably started with the first update of the main Creators, after which many players found their favorite title full of unstable and inconsistent frame rates.

What also helps seems unpredictable. One of the first successful corrections turned out to be quite simple: turn off Game DVR in the Xbox app. He helped some, but many didn't see any difference.

Game play mode?

However, not all lost, because in Windows 10 there is a special mode called Game mode . What game mode makes the video game you're playing priority number one on the computer. This means that if any background process, such as the antivirus program or Windows Update, is causing a stutter in your games, they will be deleted.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well, temper your expectations, since Game Mode will not improve your frames per second in most cases. What pu help a steady performance. This makes the gaming experience much better, allowing you to focus on the game itself rather than on performance distractions.

Furthermore, if you are trying to get the most out of your current rig, in addition to enabling the game mode, make sure you read my post on how to play smoothly on an old PC.

The test case

The computer we used to test the game mode shows perfectly how this feature can help with gaming performance in Windows 10. a Haswell 4690K clocked at 4 GHz with 16 GB of RAM and Radeon R9 390.

also equipped with a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. Not a cutting-edge gaming PC in 2018, but a good indicator of the general type of computer a typical player might have.

This computer in particular shows a clear difference in performance between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. On Windows 8.1 the games are packaged. The same applies to the installation of Windows 10, but as soon as we installed all the updates, the same games (using the same settings) show an exasperating amount of stuttering at random intervals.

Bring things back to Windows 8.1 and all these problems go away. So we're pretty sure that Windows 10 is the culprit, especially since we've used the latest drivers in both cases.

Enabling the game mode in titles like The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy XV and even older titles like Crysis Warhead made an immediate difference in consistency and completely eliminated the random stutter we experienced. Keep in mind that your mileage may vary, but it's very easy to try it yourself!

How to enable the game mode

Before trying the game mode, do the following:

  • Make sure Windows is up to date
  • Update your graphics drivers

Now start the game where you want to try the game mode. You must enable the game mode for each title individually. In this case, we are using the Steam version of Final Fantasy XV as an example.

Once the game is up and running, press the Windows key and "G", this will make the game bar appear like this.

This button rounds the game mode switch to the far right of the game bar. Since you may not have mouse priority, tap the TAB key until the Game Mode button is highlighted.

Now press Enter to activate the game mode. Therefore awards again Win + G to close the game bar.

Now just play! We hope your performance problems have gone or reduced considerably. To enjoy!