Did you know? windows 10 pcs have “game mode” on by default

     
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Jan 11, 2021, 6:40 am EDT| 3 min read
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ComicSans/Shutterstoông xã.comAll Windows 10 PCs have “trò chơi Mode” enabled by default. Microsoft once touted this feature, but it’s now faded inlớn the background. Bizarrely, some people report that disabling trò chơi Mode boosts the performance of certain PC games!


What Does “trò chơi Mode” Do on Windows 10?

First introduced in Windows 10’s Creators Update, which was released baông chồng in April 2017, “Game Mode” promises khổng lồ boost the performance of many PC games.

Here’s the official description: Microsoft says that Game Mode “helps achieve sầu a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game và system.”

Technically, it works by detecting games & giving them priority access to lớn your computer’s resources. The game you’re focused on playing gets more CPU and GPU resources, while other applications & background processes get fewer resources. This only works if Windows 10 detects that you’re playing a game.

Microsoft’s limited explanation of trò chơi Mode also says that, in Game Mode, Windows Update won’t automatically install hardware drivers or notify you to lớn restart your PC while you’re playing a game. This will reduce interruptions.

Does Game Mode Boost Performance?

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This floating performance window is found in Windows 10’s Xbox Game Bar.

trò chơi Mode might boost your PC’s gaming performance, or it might not. Depending on the game, your PC’s hardware, và what you have sầu running in the background, you may not see any difference.


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You’ll see the greathử nghiệm increase in gaming performance when a game is competing for resources with other running programs on your PC. If your PC has plenty of CPU và GPU resources lớn go around, Game Mode likely won’t bởi much.

A 2017 kiểm tra from PC Gamer found that Game Mode boosted game performance a bit on low-over hardware. However, that came at the expense of background tasks—with trò chơi Mode enabled, it wasn’t possible khổng lồ play a YouTube đoạn phim in the background while gaming without the Clip playbaông xã stuttering. It’s a trade-off—while gaming, resources are taken from background tasks và given khổng lồ the game.

Why Is It on By Default?

Game Mode attempts khổng lồ automatically detect when you’re playing a game, & it only takes action if Windows thinks you are. So, if you use web browsers & office software all day, Game Mode doesn’t bởi vì anything at all.

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When you launch a game, however, Windows 10’s Game Mode takes effect and prioritizes that game over everything else on your PC. So why wouldn’t trò chơi Mode be enabled by default? It doesn’t bởi anything unless Windows thinks you’re running a game.

Game Mode Can Sometimes Cause Problems

Some Windows users have sầu reported that some games actually perkhung more slowly with trò chơi Mode enabled. It sounds strange, and it certainly shouldn’t work this way—but it sometimes does.


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For example, in May 2020, Guru 3D wrote about reports of Game Mode leading khổng lồ stutters và frozen screens with both NVIDIA và AMD graphics hardware.

Why could this happen? Well, all we have sầu is speculation. However, in allocating more hardware resources lớn a PC game and deprioritizing background tasks, Game Mode could theoretically take resources away from important background tasks, causing system stutters or slowing the game itself down. Or perhaps there are just strange bugs in Game Mode with specific games or graphics drivers. Windows is very complicated.

Either way, if you encounter strange problems—stutters, freezes, crashes, or all-around low FPS—while playing a PC game, you might want to lớn disable trò chơi Mode & see if that solves your problem. It’s a useful troubleshooting step.

How lớn Enable & Disable Windows 10’s Game Mode

To control Game Mode, open the Settings window from the Start thực đơn or by pressing Windows+i. Head khổng lồ Settings > Gaming > Game Mode.

Here, you’ll find just a single setting: Game Mode, which you can turn on or off. By mặc định, it’s on. If you’d lượt thích khổng lồ disable trò chơi Mode, just click the switch và set it to lớn “Off.”

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That’s it. In modern versions of Windows 10, there’s no way lớn manually enable or disable Game Mode for an individual game. In 2017’s Creators Update, you could toggle trò chơi Mode on or off for specific games in the Xbox trò chơi Bar interface, but this option is now gone. As of Windows 10’s October 20trăng tròn Update, you won’t find it anywhere in the modern Xbox trò chơi Bar.


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All you can vì chưng is toggle trò chơi Mode on or off system-wide. If Windows thinks that you’re playing a game, Windows will activate Game Mode’s tweaks. If Windows doesn’t detect that you’re playing a game, there’s no way lớn manually enable it.

Don’t worry, though: Even if Windows doesn’t notice that you’re playing a game & doesn’t activate trò chơi Mode, you’re probably not missing out on much.

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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The Thủ đô New York Times, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the Đài truyền hình BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---& that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »

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