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Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Creators Update has a Game Mode and Beam streaming tool

Posted on Monday, January 16 2017 @ 13:58:03 CET by

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It's been rumored for a couple of weeks now that Microsoft is working on a Game Mode for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Now we get official confirmation directly from Mike Ybarra, the head of platform engineering for the Xbox group. He confirms the Creators Update will introduce a new feature named Game Mode, but doesn't share any details about how it works:
Our goal is to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With the Creators Update, we’re introducing a new feature called Game Mode. Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and we’ll have much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.
Based on what we heard so far, the Game Mode allocates and optimizes system resources to allow for higher gaming performance. Unfortunately, it looks like this mode will be exclusively available for games bought via the Windows Store!

Additionally, Ybarra also reveals that Windows 10 and Xbox One will be getting Beam integration. As we wrote half a year ago, Microsoft bought a streaming startup so it was to be expected that the company would integrate the technology with its gaming platforms.
Beam will connect to your Xbox Live account, making it easy to stream your favorite games to Beam and your Xbox Live community. No extra software is needed and viewers anywhere will be able to watch your streams and interact with your broadcast. On a Windows 10 PC, press Windows + G to pull up the Game bar and click the broadcast button to start streaming. On Xbox One, you can start streaming with one button press from inside the Guide.
The Creators Update for Windows 10 is expected this spring.



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