Microsoft has just released Windows 10 Build 15019 to the Fast Ring of the Insider Program. The new version brings along with it a functional Game Mode, other gaming related improvements, the new privacy set up experience, and a lot more.
You may read the rather long blog post over on the Windows Experience blog for a detailed rundown on all changes and issues of the release.
Most features that are now available for testing will likely be part of the Creators Update for Windows 10, out in April 2017. Since we are talking about development releases, there is however still a chance that things may change or be pulled before the final version is released.
The issue that the download progress stays at 0% even while it is downloading is still there. You can check the resource monitor to make sure the download actually happens in the background. Note that you may go back and open Windows Update again to start the actual installation of the new build.
Note: This build is quite buggy in regards to issues. Games may crash or refuse to load, Edge extensions don't work, Edge's Developer Tools may crash or hang, and audio may stop working sporadically on some PCs. Also, if you have trouble getting the update to download or install, stop the Windows Update and Delivery Optimization service, restart the PC, and try again.
The new build features quite a few gaming related features and changes. One of the big ones is Game Mode. While the controls were visible in Windows 10 Build 15014 already, they are now functional and ready for use.
It will be interesting to see benchmarks that test game performance with and without Game Mode enabled. I'm still not convinced that Game Mode will provide a noticeable improvement when it comes to gaming, but we will see.
First thing you need to do is visit Settings > Gaming > Game Mode to toggle the feature. Once you have done that, you may enable Game Mode in the Game Bar for individual games.
You bring the Game Bar to the front with the shortcut Windows-G.
Microsoft added support for 17 additional games that run in full screen to this build. It allows you to bring up the Game Bar when these games are run in full screen mode to capture a screenshot or record a video.
The list of games features a mix of old and newer titles such as Rainbox Six Siege, Left 4 Dead 2, Grim Dawn or Fifa 17.
The third and final new gaming related feature of Windows 10 build 15019 is a new dedicated Settings section called gaming. It enables you to manage the Game Bar, DVR, Broadcasting and Game Mode there currently.
Note that some of the options were previously only configurable through the Xbox application. Moving them to the Settings application makes a lot of sense, especially since some features run in the background by default.
The new build, like previous ones, has dozens of known issues, some of them major.
Now You: What's your opinion of this new build and the features, and its issues?
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