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. Users Should Be Able to Have Multiple Profiles Signed Into Same PC

    Windows 10 Should Support split screen Gaming; it should allow multiple profiles to be signed in at once, and it should allow for guest profiles to sign in for online play as well.

    The PC is an incredibly powerful platform, and it would be great to see games take advantage of that power to enable local split screen gaming without complicated work-arounds.

    71 votes
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    • Windows Should Detect Variable Refresh Rate Monitors When Connected

      Windows will automatically detect when a high refreshrate monitor is plugged in and set pc to that refreshrate. Also if a high refreshrate monitor is not plugged in with display port, windows will notify user that they will not get a high refreshrate unless they use a displayport cable.

      69 votes
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      • Allow Game Downloads While PC is in Standby

        Ability to download games and drivers when the PC is in standby or hibernation mode.

        60 votes
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        • Integrate Ambient Lighting into Windows/Xbox Gaming

          Integrate Ambient Lighting into Windows/Xbox Gaming, such as with razer chroma or philips hue.

          This way the gaming can be more immersive. I know the Xbox team looked into the room wide projector for gaming.

          63 votes
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          • Windows 10 Should Have Streaming Capability With Multiple Services

            Without having to use OBS or 3rd party apps. Should be able to stream/upload directly to Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Facebook, etc.

            57 votes
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            • Allow Users to Determine Which Monitor Uses Taskbar Functions

              This will include System Tray notifications and Action Center popups. Currently if the taskbar is moved and Action Center is clicked, it will popup on the Main Monitor. So will notifications. Alternatively you could just allow cloning of the main taskbar on every monitor.

              57 votes
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              • Allow Users to Disable Mouse Smoothing Completely

                Allow us to permanently turn off Mouse smoothing in the settings menu.
                Right now the "enhance pointer precision" turns itself back on every time you boot the system. It ruins shooters for many and it's just stupid why the settings wont stay the way you put them.

                57 votes
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                • Allow Users to Lock Microphone Volume on Windows

                  Give the ability to lock your microphone volume. Many games and applications change the windows mic volume and there is no way to stop it.

                  45 votes
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                  • Make a Windows application/feature to control games with touch screen or mouse

                    An app to control games like mobile games would be a useful feature for tablet users and those who can't use a controller/keyboard. Because of my disease (SMA Type 1), I'm completely disabled and I can only use my PC with a mouse (and I can press only one button on it), but I would like to play AAA title games too.

                    39 votes
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                    • Improve Audio Settings For Streaming

                      The audio stack has recently been improved somewhat, but currently, programs on Windows can only capture entire audio devices. This can be problematic when streaming games and usually requires finnicky virtual audio cable software, when capturing audio from processes would be much easier.

                      36 votes
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                      • 36 votes
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                        • Allow Users to Disable Xbox Controls In UWP Apps

                          By default, an Xbox One controller can be used to navigate some native windows apps. Users should be able to disable this setting.

                          33 votes
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                          • Allow Users to Set Playback Device Settings With Windows Sonic Enabled

                            Currently, activating Windows Sonic for Headphones forces the Windows Control Panel audio device to stereo. Since most games configure their sound output based on the channels of the playback device, it completely undermines Sonic's "virtualize to 7.1" option. The game sees the playback device as stereo, and indeed outputs just stereo, leaving nothing to virtualize. Setting the playback device to 7.1 immediately disable Sonic.

                            Instead, allow Windows Sonic for Headphones to be activated AND the playback device be set or seen as 7.1 channels in the Windows Control Panel. This will allow games to output 7.1 channels which can then…

                            32 votes
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                            • Allow Users to Lock Mouse Control to Active Game

                              A lot of games, especially older ones, are unable to lock the mouse cursor to the current screen. If you have more than one screen your mouse may move to the other screen, which makes scrolling maps difficult and may lead to an accidental loss of focus and thus of control over the game. I suggest a compatibility option to lock the mouse to the game's screen while it is running and focused and automatically cancel the lock when the game is exited or loses focus.

                              32 votes
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                              • Allow Users to Set ICC Color Profiles At OS Level

                                For those with hardware-calibrated monitors, ICC color profiles often are ignored or overridden by most games creating an inconsistent color experience. Please allow us to enforce ICC profiles globally in order to enjoy consistent color for all media.

                                29 votes
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                                • Allow Users to Set Connection Types for Games/Apps

                                  I want to choose what connection will be used by application (game). I have modem LTE and wifi card and i want to choose witch conection will be used by the game and what connection will be use by other system apps

                                  26 votes
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                                  • Allow All Games to Operate in Borderless Fullscreen Mode

                                    Add the ability to make any game or application run in borderless mode.

                                    14 votes
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                                    • Allow Users to Use a Mouse & Xbox Controller Simultaneously

                                      It would be great if I could use an xbox controller (or emulated one like psmove) and mouse at the same time. Theres no easy way to have analog movement via thumbstick at the same time as precise aiming via mouse. Some games can switch back and forth, but I havent played any that do simultaneously.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Allow Keyboard Layout Configuration for Gaming

                                        Some games don't accept specific keys for input - especially keys from the number pad area are problematic. But not everyone is able or wants to use WASD (and some non-English keyboard layouts aren't suitable for this). Third-party software to change the keyboard layout exists, but is very complicated and doesn't work reliably. A built-in Windows function to change keyboard bindings for specific programs/games would be very helpful - something similar to the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator from 2007 (which doesn't work anymore).

                                        12 votes
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