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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Looking to Add “Game Mode” to Windows 10

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You can expect gaming on Windows 10 to get better

A Twitter user named WalkingCat has discovered that Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) latest build number 14997 contains a .dll file named “gamemode.dll”, as reported first by PC Gamer. The user suggests that the $490 billion company may be looking to implement Game Mode in Windows 10 for its gaming audience.

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

— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 28, 2016

 

 

 

.@h0x0d looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the “Game” when running in “Game Mode”

— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 28, 2016

 

The way Game Mode will work is by allocating resources, possibly by restricting some of the background work so that more resources are available when users play a game. The Game Mode feature isn’t unheard of; Microsoft has implemented a similar feature in Xbox One’s operating system. While in a game, the console has limited GPU resources for developers, the Hypervisor OS is responsible for allocating resources in real time.

If Microsoft manages to pull off something similar for the PC, the performance improvements could be noticeable, but that remains yet to be seen. We don’t even know for sure if such a mode is in Microsoft’s plans. PC Gamer reached out to Microsoft for a response but the Redmond-based giant had nothing to share. However, the move doesn’t surprise us given Microsoft’s “gaming on Windows 10” push.

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