What Windows 10’s Future Includes For Gamers

Windows 10 converts from a free to a paid upgrade on July 29th, and with the Anniversary Update coming this summer, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Here’s what you need to know about how Windows 10 changes things for gamers.

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DirectX 12 is a real game-changer. The software allows games access to the graphics hardware – and DirectX 12 will mean far better GPU access, meaning that gamers will see a better performance. Xbox owners, particularly, will notice improvements, as it rolls out across the consoles.

While that won’t put the original Xbox One on the same footing as PlayStation in terms of graphics – Sony’s machine uses OpenGL, rather than DirectX – it will assist with a game’s performance. So, for instance, expect to see games that can render better effects or feature more on-screen.

There have also been strides in making gaming even more social than it already is – Game DVR. That’s now packaged into the Windows 10 OS, and gamers can use the Xbox app to capture two styles of video.

For short videos, those lasting between 15 seconds and 10 minutes, Background Recording can be used without requiring a manual switch on. To capture longer footage, gamers can manually start recording for up to an hour. After that, it’s a simple case of sharing it with all your friends online.

 

 

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Finally, there’s Play Anywhere – something a ton of gamers want, which allows streaming of games between Xbox One and Windows 10 PCS seamlessly. It’s a lot like what Steam currently offers, and so long as the two machines are on the same network, you can play…anywhere.

Currently, and unsurprisingly, it’s Microsoft’s exclusives that form the foundation of Play Anywhere, so we’ll be interested to see what other games make the jump. This only works with digital games – again, unsurprisingly, given Microsoft’s intention to merge Xbox and Windows 1o PC gaming. All saved data carries over, no matter where the gamer plays, and the feature comes ready-made with a powerful message – and one that seems good for gamers on the whole: Buy a game once, play it anywhere.

What features would you like to see Windows 10 use to make Xbox gaming even more awesome?

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You see on your computer monitor what you would see on your TV screen, with your controller inputs transmitted over your network. If you can use a wired connection, or a direct powerline hook-up, the experience is excellent.

Performance will take a hit if you use Wi-Fi, with more obvious lag, but that’s just something you’ll have to deal with if you can’t handle an Ethernet cable.

Source: Tech Radar

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