Accepting Ideas - Gaming on Windows 10

Team Xbox would love to hear how you’d like to see gaming on Windows improved. How can Windows 10 enhance your gaming experience? What features would you like added or changed to make gaming on Windows 10 even better? Create suggestions, vote for suggestions, and leave comments below!

*What do you want Windows to do (or stop doing) while you’re playing a game?
*What can Windows do to optimize your gaming experience?
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  1. Allow Task Manager to always get focus when activated, even overriding a game if necessary

    This is useful to kill unresponsive games manually from the Task Manager. Some games still get focus even when Task Manager is active.

    Allowing the Task Manager to always override/get focused when Ctrl +Alt +Delete is hit, would allow for an easier termination of unresponsive games.

    170 votes
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    • Allow disabling the Windows Key, among other key combos, when playing games

      Allow gamers to disable the Windows Key while playing games. This option could be added to the Game Bar for clumsy gamers who accidentally press the Windows Key and minimize the game. It's frustrating especially when playing online.

      148 votes
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      • Allow UWP Games To Be Captured via Other Programs

        As it is right now, games that utilize the Universal Windows Platform can't be captured by popular streaming software such as OBS or Xsplit.

        When trying to use the "Game Capture" option in OBS, for example, on a game like Forza Horizon 4, the game crashes.

        The only way to capture the games is through a so called "Display Capture", which will cause the game to be captured at very poor framerate.

        Having proper support for being able to capture these games would be a blessing - it should be doable, seeing as software like Nvidia's Shadowplay is able to…

        155 votes
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        • Improve Performance Transitioning from Games via Alt+Tab

          When alt-tabbing from a game back to the desktop, the game ends up either minimized or otherwise shoved to the background. Many games can't handle this gracefully, and crash or freeze when this happens. I'd like to see if the multiple desktops feature made available in Task View could be used to switch out of games in a way that doesn't crash them.

          141 votes
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          • Improve Multi GPU Support for Games

            Is there a way that Microsoft can better support sli/crossfire. Currently it is very tedious to get the correct settings so a game can run smoothly and utilize both graphics cards. Also Sea of Thieves has no SLI support, can you guys fix this.

            127 votes
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            • Integrate Friends Lists From Multiple PC Storefronts

              Bit of a long shot, but ideally the APIs for communicating with friends on Xbox Live, Steam, Origin, uPlay and other storefronts on PC could be in some sense aggregated. That is, people who had Xbox accounts could associate them with Steam and other accounts, which would then allow you to message people and coordinate while using different platforms - if I was on Xbox Live, I could message Steam friends, and my friends on Origin could send me a message on Xbox from their Origin accounts, etc.

              126 votes
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              • Improve HDR Performance On Windows When Switching Between Programs

                Better HDR implementation. Make it so I don’t have to turn it on/off before entering a game or alternatively make it so we can create HDR profiles, so HDR switches on with the games I choose.

                112 votes
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                • Give users the ability to disable Vsync on Borderless Windowed Mode

                  Improve how DWM handles borderless windowed mode without an adaptive sync monitor to reduce input latency while using the mode. Currently vsync is force enabled while in borderless windowed mode. This should be an option, not a requirement.

                  108 votes
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                  • Allow Users to Set Player Numbers for Controllers on Windows

                    Currently, once a controller is plugged in, its number (User Index in XInput terminology, etc.) is fixed until it is unplugged and replugged. This applies to all three of Windows's controller APIs. A UI to change controller assignments without fiddling with USB ports is sorely needed.

                    105 votes
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                    • Allow Users to Disable Destop Windows Manager When Playing Games

                      The only Windows version where I borderless mode was useable at all was W10 1709 as you could bypass DWM in all Dx10+ games.

                      This did not seem to be intented but I WANT IT BACK PLS it was amazing. I have a 2070 now so I have to be on a newer version.

                      For me this was a great timesaver as I could alt tab super quick without having to minimize the game etc.

                      Give me a toggle or something to force it, anything...

                      90 votes
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                      • Improve Firewall Messaging for Games on First Launch

                        When you start a new game in windows that wants access to the internet a window opens in the background that asks if you want to allow it on public and/ or private networks. This window quietly opens behind the game, so you have to ALT-TAB back to the desktop and allow it access.

                        This has been very annoying with when trying to play with friends and they don't realize why it isn't working, only to close the game and see the window asking for permissions. If this message popped up over the game (for the first time, maybe like…

                        99 votes
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                        • Allow Users to Set Audio Output Easier With Specific Games & Apps

                          Routing sound is a problem in Windows 10. eg. I have 2 sound cards in my system (I know people have more for streaming, music making or video editing etc.) and I would like to easily route sound from application to selected device directly from tray. Spotify on speakers, Chrome, TeamSpeak and my favourite game on headphones.
                          Same with microphones. Skype on camera microphone and TeamSpeak on heaphones microphone.
                          Have a look on freeware app AudioRouter and AudioPick plugin for browser.

                          84 votes
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                          • Windows Should Shut Down Controller When PC is Shut Off

                            After playing a game using an Xbox controller connected via bluetooth and then shutting down the PC the controller stays on and flashes annoyingly till it finally turns itself off. Can't the PC send a shutdown signal to the controller like it does on an Xbox One

                            95 votes
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                            • Game Bar should be more like the Xbox One Guide

                              It should be great to manage Friends, Messages, and all things relative to gaming from the Game Bar / Guide, as we can on Xbox One.

                              95 votes
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                              • Allow us to easily and completely disable automatic driver updates permanently, or for a set period of time, for video driver updates.

                                Allow us to easily and completely disable automatic driver updates permanently, or for a set period of time, for video driver updates.
                                When installing drivers it can be very counterproductive for Windows to automatically install an outdated driver. It would be very helpful to have more control over automatic driver updates.

                                79 votes
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                                • Allow Users to Suspend an Active Game in the Background

                                  Basically, hibernation - but for for games. When you feel tired of playing a game, you put the game in "hibernation" and the next time you start the game it will bring you back right where you left off. No need to go through boring credit screens and menus just to continue playing a game.

                                  80 votes
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                                  • Allow Users to Set Download Speed Setting for Windows Store

                                    When downloading new games in the windows store, there's no setting for us to allow faster downloads. We simply are at the mercy of windows and the store. But, there's also no way for us to cap the download speed if we are performing other tasks at the same time that we're trying to download games.

                                    83 votes
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                                    • Allow Users to Disable Full-Screen Optimization Setting

                                      It would be very handy if there was a way to toggle full-screen optimisation globally, instead of having to tediously tick every application individually. Preferably, as an overview settings window allowing users to add/remove programs eligible for full-screen optimisation on their system.

                                      72 votes
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                                      • Allow Access to Protected Folders For Games Purchased On Microsoft Store for Third Party Peripheral Programs

                                        Applications like Razer Synapse, Corsair iCue, Logitech G Hub and other similar applications need some sort of method to access to the protected folders of games purchased on the Microsoft Store in order to configure your peripherals for each game (profiles, custom settings, lighting, etc.)

                                        Usually this is done by telling these programs the location of a game’s .exe file, but these are protected and cannot be accessed in many cases preventing the user from using their third party software of choice.

                                        77 votes
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                                        • Allow Users to Disable Mouse Acceleration Easier

                                          I don't know how things look like in your user testing (would be nice if you explained that) but in my own experience and with friends, mouse acceleration on has always held people back because it makes the mouse behave erratic and less predictable. However Windows 10 hides this settings multiple levels of exploration deep instead of making it easy and obvious.

                                          73 votes
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