Windows 10 update: Xbox One Games archetype being used for performance boost

A new Windows 10 update will borrow tricks from the Xbox One to run games better

The tech giant appears to be working on a brand new feature which will improve gaming through a fresh Windows 10 update.

A new file discovered in a leaked version of a preview update yet to be launched appears to confirm this, although there has been nothing concrete from Microsoft yet.

A new “gamemode.dll” has been uncovered by dataminers, one of which gave more details on Twitter.

“14997 has a new dll “gamemode.dll”, so it looks like Game Mode is a thing,” @h0x0d tweeted.

“Looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the “Game” when running in “Game Mode”.

“Hydra is the 3-in-1 OS of Xbox One. no idea what dashboard.”

The new Game Mode was found in the latest build of Windows 10 (version 14997), and Windows Central appears to have more information on how it ties in with Microsoft’s Xbox One.

According to the tech site, the new Game Mode will aim to minimize resources being used for running apps, allocating the resources to the game instead.

Optimising how the Windows 10 platform runs while in the new mode should make it run titles faster. Using some tricks from how Xbox One games run, Windows 10 should soon be able to offer a better gaming experience.

“Our own sources have said this feature works similarly to how Xbox One handles running a game. Xbox OS, when a game is launched, will allocate resources to make sure the game is running the best it possibly can,” Windows Central explains.

“Up until now, Windows hasn’t had a built-in option for this that benefits games directly, but with the Creators Update that will be changing.


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