Game Mode Isn’t the Only New Xbox Feature Coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview This Week

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Game Mode Isn't the Only New Xbox Feature Coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview This Week

In addition to Game Mode appearing in the Windows 10 Insider Preview later this week, the next build will also include two more new gaming features.

Game Mode, as you may recall, is a special mode for games in which the CPU, GPU, and other system resources are prioritized for the currently-playing game. Here’s how Microsoft’s Scott Henson [describes](Our vision is that Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance. Tomorrow’s Windows Insider build represents the first step on our journey with Game Mode. To enable Game Mode for your Win32 or UWP game, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button. There you’ll be able to opt the running game into using Game Mode. We’ll have additional details about Game Mode to share throughout Insider testing, so stay tuned.) it.

“Our vision is that Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance. Tomorrow’s Windows Insider build represents the first step on our journey with Game Mode. To enable Game Mode for your Win32 or UWP game, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button. There you’ll be able to opt the running game into using Game Mode. We’ll have additional details about Game Mode to share throughout Insider testing, so stay tuned.”

So no real new info, I guess. But Mr. Henson does also describe two more new Xbox features that will turn up tomorrow for the first time. First, Microsoft is adding a new top-level Gaming section to the Settings app.

First, Microsoft is adding a new top-level Gaming section to the Settings app.

“Tomorrow, inside the main Windows System Settings, a new section is being added: Gaming, identified with the Xbox logo,” he writes. “Starting tomorrow, you’ll find settings for Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting in this new Gaming area, with Game Mode coming in a future update. We’re also beginning to consolidate some system and user settings for gaming in this unified location, where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. We’ll continue to develop and deploy Gaming settings over time, as we continue to gather gamer feedback.”

So that is interesting, and it addresses the per-app issue I have with Game Mode as it’s currently available. That is, you’ll be able to configure this from a central location too. That makes more sense.

Second, Microsoft is also enabling Beam game streaming.

“Beam is the easiest and quickest way to stream gameplay, and it’s part of Insider builds starting tomorrow on your Windows 10 PC,” Henson says. “For the creators out there, we wanted to make it easier for you to start your live game streams without any delays so you can quickly connect and engage with your viewers no matter where they are. On Beam, streams have under one second of delay; using our brand new streaming protocol dubbed ‘FTL’, you can interact with livestreams as if you were in the same room as the caster. What’s more, any stream can incorporate simple interactive features such as sound boards.”

Tomorrow’s build should be very interesting indeed.

 

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16 responses to “Game Mode Isn’t the Only New Xbox Feature Coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview This Week”

  1. 5664

    I hope they add more awesome stuff. Its starting to feel like the Windows 98 days when they were adding crazy new features willy-nilly and it was all great, years before the crazies started complaining about everything that Microsoft did.

  2. 1377

    For those of us who use Windows for work and don't play Windows games, will there be any way to remove the Xbox icon from Settings? Makes me nostalgic for TweakUI in Windows XP with which it was possible to hide unused items in Control Panel.

    • 5664

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      Just ignore it. Its not like it's going to zoom in and physically leave the screen until it fills your entire field of vision like some kind of hilarious joke.

      Now if we could change it to Johnny Carson's face... that's why customization exists!

    • 5530

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      Yeah, it's weird to see a branded item in the Settings app, but then again it is supposed to allude to the Xbox app. So.......

    • 2371

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      I'm sure Playstation will be added there someday too or there will some kind of anti-trust complaint.

      • 8915

        In reply to RM:

        I don't see Sony adding XBOX to PlayStation consoles, so there is no reason for Microsoft to have in Windows Settings a function for Playstation.  If Sony want such settings in Windows, they are free to create their own app.  No Anti-trust here.  

        XBOX is Microsofts Gaming Platform.  The XBOX setting is to assist people that need to change settings to enable the XBOX games to play on a PC under the One Windows vision.

    • 8915

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      It is a setting, in the Settings Menu.  It is not "adding additional crap"  It is exposing settings that are already present in Windows regardless.  Group Policy can be set to restrict access to these settings in Enterprise so really it is not the big deal that you are all making it out to be.  At worst, it is an extra icon in the SETTINGS menu, which an employee should really be restricted from accessing anyway in an ENTERPRISE environment if the IT department are doing their job right.  

       

      The arguments here are just ridiculous.  The setting has been put there to allow people to set global settings for gaming as part of the One Windows vision.  If you don't like it, don't look at it when you are in the settings.  Ignoring it will not affect the way your PC works.

       

  3. 217

    I think the Creator's Update should instead be called the "Niche Users Update". Just about everything coming isn't for the mass market. And that's okay :)

  4. 442

    I really don't have any problems at all with Games in the current release of Windows 10.  I'm sure Game Mode will help, but I just don't yet see a driving need for this.  I'm sure it's only applicable to the UWP written games, of course.  Maybe this will help improve the creation of those games?

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