Use Game Mode While Gaming On Your Windows 10 Device

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Jan 11, 2021, 6:40 am EDT| 3 min read
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ComicSans/Shutterstock.comAll Windows 10 PCs have sầu “Game Mode” enabled by default. Microsoft once touted this feature, but it’s now faded into lớn 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 back in April 2017, “trò chơi Mode” promises to lớn boost the performance of many PC games.

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

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

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

Does trò chơi 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 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 to lớn go around, Game Mode likely won’t vày much.

A 2017 demo from PC Gamer found that Game Mode boosted game performance a bit on low-end hardware. However, that came at the expense of background tasks—with Game Mode enabled, it wasn’t possible to play a YouTube Clip in the background while gaming without the video clip playbachồng stuttering. It’s a trade-off—while gaming, resources are taken from background tasks and given to lớn the game.

Why Is It on By Default?

trò chơi Mode attempts lớn automatically detect when you’re playing a game, & it only takes action if Windows thinks you are. So, if you use website browsers và office software all day, trò chơi Mode doesn’t vày 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 vị anything unless Windows thinks you’re running a game.

trò chơi Mode Can Sometimes Cause Problems

Some Windows users have reported that some games actually perkhung more slowly with Game 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 20trăng tròn, Guru 3 chiều wrote about reports of trò chơi Mode leading to lớn stutters và frozen screens with both NVIDIA and AMD graphics hardware.

Why could this happen? Well, all we have is speculation. However, in allocating more hardware resources lớn a PC game and deprioritizing background tasks, trò chơi 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 trò chơi 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 lớn disable Game Mode và see if that solves your problem. It’s a useful troubleshooting step.

How khổng lồ Enable & Disable Windows 10’s trò chơi Mode

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

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

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That’s it. In modern versions of Windows 10, there’s no way lớn manually enable or disable trò chơi 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 20đôi mươi Update, you won’t find it anywhere in the modern Xbox Game 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 và 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 and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The Thành Phố 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 lượt thích the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »