Windows 10 Creators Update will have a Game Mode that shifts resources to gameplay

After neglecting PC gaming for years, Game Mode shows that Microsoft cares again.

Windows 10 loves gamers again, if Game Mode says anything about Microsoft's plans. Spotted by an alert user in a leak of the upcoming Build 14997 and reported by Windows Central, Game Mode will shift PC resources to gameplay, letting other software take a backseat. 

Note that Build 14997 isn't out officially yet, and the Game Mode spotted in that build isn't working yet, apparently. According to Windows Central, however, Game Mode will jump into action when you launch a game, allocating CPU, GPU, and other resources to prioritize smoother gameplay.

Still unclear at this early stage is whether Game Mode would work only for Windows Store games. Microsoft (and Amazon, Apple, and Google) have built lucrative business models around tying users to ecosystems. Game Mode could be a perk of sticking with Microsoft rather than straying into Steam-land, for instance. 

With the Creators Update due in the early part of 2017, Windows Insiders could get a taste of this feature in mere weeks. 

Why this matters: Microsoft prioritized its Xbox gaming products over pure PC gaming for many years. Within the couple of years, however, the company's taken various small, gradual steps to converge the Windows 10 and Xbox ecosystems. As gaming grows in popularity, the flexibility of being able to play on a PC or on an Xbox device could be good for both product lines. 

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Windows 10

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Melissa Riofrio

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?