It’s taken a good few months since the Windows 10 Creators Update dropped, along with the promised Game Mode improvements, and now finally Microsoft has opened up about the performance hiccups some have noticed since the update, including games stuttering, driver issues and FPS drops.
“Thank you, everyone, for providing feedback and submitting traces,” said a Microsoft engineer on the Windows Feedback Hub. “We have been analyzing the traces from your feedback and have identified several different problem sources surfacing as stutter in games. We have a fix for one of them in the Windows Insider build that flighted to the “Fast” ring (build 16273 and above). You can find instructions on joining the Windows 10 Insider Program here: https://insider.windows.com/en-us/how-to-pc/. We are actively investigating the remaining stutter causes and appreciate your patience on this issue.”
The initial introduction of Windows 10’s Game Mode was intended to improve PC gaming performance by closing all non-essential processors. It’s a sort of on-the-fly optimisation, and in theory, it makes sense. That hasn’t always been the case though, and users have reported FPS drops in the likes of Rocket League, Battlefield 1 and Overwatch since the Creators Update dropped. I myself have experienced unexplained frame rate drops in Rocket League on a GeForce GTX 1060 at 1080p, and so has a friend, so this helps explain what may have been going on behind the scenes.
Microsoft has said previously that the next Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, due on October 17th, will include huge improvements to WIndows 10 Game Mode. From the sounds of it fixes for these FPs drops and stuttering should be rolled in with it. “With the Fall Creators Update, we’ve updated Game Mode, which allows your games to use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console, right from a new button on the Game bar,” said Microsoft.
In other related Windows 10 news, Microsoft has altered the number of devices that some users can register with the Windows Store. Previously this was locked down to five before Microsoft upped it to 10. Some Insiders are now reporting the maximum number of devices they can install Windows Store apps on has been upped to 2000, which is as close to unlimited as we’re going to get. Some are reporting they’ve got this new limit, some are saying they’re still stuck at the 10 limit, so the jury’s still on out on this move.
Have any of you been experiencing performance problems since the Windows 10 Creators Update arrived a few months ago? Has anyone noticed any performance gains thanks to Game Mode? Let us know!