A new secret feature in the recently leaked Windows 10 Creators Update build 14997 was discovered today. The upcoming major update to Windows 10 is getting a special Game Mode to boost game performance and provide the best experience for gamers.
Well known Windows enthusiast "WalkingCat" discovered the game mode in the recently leaked Windows 10 build 14997. According to the research he has done, Windows 10 will be able to adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to boost a game's performance when the user is playing it.
.@h0x0d 14997 has a new dll "gamemode.dll", so it looks like Game Mode is a thing
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 28, 2016
It looks like the operating system will get a built-in software optimizer to speed up game play. It is unknown yet how the operating system will detect running games. As you remember, Windows 10 build 14997 was not supposed to be released to the public. It is an internal build which comes with a lot of features not available in regular Insider Preview builds. It is not clear when exactly the game mode will land in the public preview branch.
Besides this feature, there are plenty of new features that can be found in Windows 10 build 14997. Those include
- Enable Blue Light Reduction in Windows 10
- Create Live Folders in Start Menu in Windows 10 (Tile Folders)
- Set Tabs Aside in Microsoft Edge (Tab Groups)
- Show or Hide Tab Previews in Edge in Windows 10 Creators Update
- Pause Windows Updates in Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to be released in Spring 2017. However, it is possible that the Game Mode feature gets posponed till Redstone 3, which rolls out in late 2017.
Microsoft is working to reinvent Windows as a gaming platform constantly. While many parts of the OS are rewritten based on the Universal Windows Platform, most Windows users are still using classic desktop apps and games that are played with a keyboard and mouse. The built-in game optimizer feature can make them consider a migration to Windows 10, even if they do not like its user interface and UWP features. Source: Neowin.
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