Windows 11 multitasking: Microsoft teases better windowed gaming

Most Windows games take over the whole screen when you play and
there are few rare titles that open in a window instead. In
fact, you can play any game in a window instead of full screen,
but it depends on whether or not the developer allows it.

As long as the feature is supported, you can run any game in a
window in just a few seconds. However, some features like HDR
don’t natively support windowed mode. Games in windowed mode
also offer lower framerates and overall performance is not good
in most cases.

Windowed gaming is particularly useful when you’re multitasking
while gaming. It makes it easier to switch to other windows or
applications. While you can try windowed gaming in current
stable builds, you may have to take some more involved steps
and make changes to settings to improve the performance of the
windowed game.

New documentation has confirmed
the tech giant is planning to introduce new optimizations for
windowed games on Windows 11.

With
Windows 11 Build 22557, we’re getting access to a new
feature, which will allow users to easily manage their alarms
mode, Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)

These improvements can benefit gamers by reducing input lag and
render your games’ frames in the most optimal way. Windows 11’s
upcoming optimization will only apply to two types of app
windows in the OS –  Windowed and Borderless-Windowed
games. That’s because a similar optimization already exists for
games played in fullscreen.

The fullscreen-like optimization will benefit those who prefer
windowed and borderless window modes for faster performance
when they other apps side-by-side.

To improve performance, Microsoft says it will also move
classic apps/games to a new model called the “modern-flip
model” from the legacy bit-model. A lot of games have already
been updated with support for the modern flip-model, but the
OS-level implementation will expand the functionality to the
rest of the classic games.

Try better performance for windowed gaming in Windows 11

Windows 11’s windowed gaming optimization is heading to users
in the Windows Insider Program. Once you’ve joined the
program’s Dev Channel, you can opt-in by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings -> System -> Display ->
    Graphics
    Open Default graphics settings.
  • Locate “Optimizations for windowed games” and enable the
    feature.
    Windows 11 Windowed mode
  • Restart your game to see changes.

This works only when a game is played in a windowed or
Borderless-Windowed environment as the feature already exists
in the fullscreen games.

On the above page, you will also find some graphics options
enabled by default. It’s better to leave those options
untouched to experience the best graphics settings in your
games, according to a statement from Microsoft.

As mentioned, the new optimization mode requires preview
builds, but you can always wait for a few months as these
changes will be shipping with Sun Valley 2 later this year.

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