Microsoft’s next big Windows 10 update starts rolling out today and introduces new PC gaming features to the flagship OS.
Dubbed the ‘Creators Update’, the next big Windows update rolls out starting today as a free update to Windows 10 users.
In addition to general new features like new Skype features for instance, the Xbox team is touting a few new features tailored for PC gamers.
The first such feature is Game Mode, a new feature that allows players to put their system into a state where more system resources become dedicated to the game. Microsoft says that at launch, the new feature will be especially useful when you have a bunch of apps or software (or tabs) competing for your system’s resources. You can activate the Game Mode by going into the Xbox Game Bar (that’s Windows button + G) and activating it via the settings menu.
Speaking of the Game Bar, Microsoft also says that more than 80 PC games now support the Game bar. Xbox keeps a full list of compatible titles on their forums here.
Windows Settings (or, if you’re still stuck on old Windows lingo like me, the Control Panel) now has a dedicated “Gaming” tab for setting Game Mode, the Game Bar visibility, and options for recording your gameplay.
Finally, Microsoft’s adding direct streaming from your PC gaming sessions to Beam, the Twitch-competitor Microsoft acquired in 2016. Microsoft says the service has delay of less than a second, allowing streamers to become more interactive with their viewers.
Windows 10 users will receive the Creators Update soon, but if you’re interested in getting it sooner, PC hardware and tech outlet Tom’s Hardware reports that you can get it now by downloading the Windows 10 Update Assistant from Microsoft Support, fast-tracking the roll-out time that could last up to “several months”.