The Windows 10 Creators Update is going to start rolling out on April 11, and it brings a variety of additions and improvements to Microsoft’s operating system. These range from some relatively standard productivity improvements to some massive additions for gamers who use Windows 10. These are Beam streaming and Game mode — the former also got added to the Xbox One lately, and the latter is similar to what that platform has been using for years.
Microsoft acquired the video game streaming service Beam in the middle of last year, and it got to work on building it into the Xbox One and Windows 10 as soon as possible. It’s been built into the game bar – which now has a purple theme to match Beam – and can be found with either a quick tap of the guide button or Win+G. Not every game supports the game bar (and by extension Beam streaming) but all UWP games – and most games running in windowed mode – will.
If you’d like to find out how to stream to Beam from your Windows 10 PC, you can check out our guide here.
Game mode is interesting. It’s similar to some of the “performance enhancing” tools for gaming that have floated around the internet for years, and squeezes out a few extra frames per second in your game by dedicating more of your PC’s resources to it, prioritizing it over other applications. UWP games will get the biggest boost from this as in Microsoft’s own words, they know where UWP games start and end. That’s not the case for Win32 applications, but you can still try to get a boost with them, even if it isn’t the biggest change in the world. Your mileage will vary from PC to PC and game to game with this, but it might be just what you need to stabilize your framerate in some titles.
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