It is no surprise that Windows 10 has been huge success with gamers. Over 40% of all gamers who use Steam have Windows 10 installed and over 70% have a DirectX®12 1 compatible GPU2. DirectX®12, which is available in Windows 10, allows developers an opportunity for low level optimizations, letting gamers get the most amount of performance out of their Radeon graphics card. Sniper Elite 4 is one of the newest games which show the benefits of this modern API, delivering up to 24% faster performance when using DirectX®123.
Today, Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Creators Update and AMD is ready with Radeon Software 17.4.2. Let’s look at a few key features which are bound to make gaming on Windows even better.
Windows Game Mode
Windows Game Mode is designed to give the best performance and gaming consistency while using Windows 10. Game Mode works by allocating more CPU and GPU resources specifically to the application which is in the foreground. Specific titles within the Windows Store have already been whitelisted for use although any game within the foreground can benefit from the Game Mode by enabling it within the Game Bar’s settings. Because the game only has to be in the foreground to see the benefits of Windows Game Mode, games are still compatible when in fullscreen, borderless fullscreen or windowed mode. Microsoft predicts about a 2 to 5 percent increase4 in performance which is perfect if you are just on the edge of a solid 60 FPS and need that additional push.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
With new games that support HDR, such as Mass Effect™: Andromeda, and the future release of Radeon FreeSync™ 2 5 monitors, HDR is becoming a standard. For those who do not know what HDR is, HDR is a new visualization technique that allows for lifelike gaming. HDR delivers lifelike gaming with vibrant colors, to show more detail with increased saturation, deeper contrasts, to display more gradients between differences in lighting, and increased brightness, to show realistic lighting effects without compromising shadows. With Windows 10 Creators Edition, HDR can now be enabled within all applications. If a game now supports HDR, the game will now benefit from these enhanced visuals, even in fullscreen, borderless fullscreen and windowed mode.
To push gaming further, Radeon Graphics can take advantage of both Windows Game Mode and HDR with the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, starting today.