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?
*What other gaming features would you like to see?

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  1. When Running a Game, Windows Should Automatically Disable Processes While Playing

    When I start a game, Windows should identify any processes that aren't necessary to run the game (such as indexing) and disable it while I'm playing.

    4,978 votes
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      218 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a Version of Windows Specifically for Gaming

      As someone who generally uses Windows just for gaming, it would be great if there was a version specifically designed for this purpose. Microsoft should release a version that is optimized and tailored specifically for the PC gamer.

      3,295 votes
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        254 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Let Users Disable Unnecessary Processes While Playing Games

        When I'm playing a game, I should be able to disable any background process that isn't required so I can get the best performance possible.

        2,324 votes
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        • Allow Users to Launch Games on PC with a Controller

          When I am using a controller, it's not possible to launch a game without using a mouse and keyboard. I should be able to quickly launch games with just the controller.

          2,204 votes
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          • Allow Users to Stream from their PC to their Xbox Console

            Since I can stream my console to my PC, I should also be able to stream my PC to my Xbox One console without latency.

            1,577 votes
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            • Windows Should Automatically Download Driver Updates When Game is Installed

              When I download a game, Windows should find any available driver updates for that game, like graphics drivers, and download them automatically as well.

              1,291 votes
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              • Make it Easier to Customize Controller Mapping via the Xbox Accessories App on PC

                It would be nice if the process to customize controls was easier on PC, as the current process takes too long.

                1,222 votes
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                • Windows Should Have a Unified Gaming Library That Users Can Customize

                  Have a well-supported, built into the OS method of consolidating your game libraries from different providers (steam, good old games, epic store etc.) Instead of having to manage multiple launchers imdividually

                  552 votes
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                    77 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Users to navigate Windows 10 via Controller

                    For example, pressing the middle Xbox button should open the start menu (Or I should be able to enable a "game mode" when using a controller that opens start screen similar to tablet mode").

                    I should also be able to use the xbox keyboard when entering text, as well as seeing my controller battery percentage in the taskbar when connected.

                    452 votes
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                      55 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Windows Should Support Classic PC Games Without The Need for Third Party Software

                      Extra effort should be made to ensure that gaming on windows is not just a good experience for new products, but a great experience for older games as well. Windows has a long history of great games, and it would be a shame to purposefully throw that away or deny it to the next generation.

                      439 votes
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                      • Allow Mod Support for Windows Store Titles

                        Add a service comparable to "Steam Workshop" to the Windows Store for mod support and user created content.

                        371 votes
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                        • Disable Notifications by Default When Gaming

                          I've seen far too many complaints on reddit on r/ windows, r/windows10 and other gaming subreddits that users will have the focus assist force them out of the game to notify them about the focus assist feature. Although there is an option to turn off the notification. It should be off by default with fullscreen games and programs.

                          339 votes
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                          • Create an Improved Game Management Interface for Windows

                            I really love the game management on Xbox. Being able to simply select a game and move/copy it to another device is easy to do. Not sure if it's possible on a PC, but it sure would be nice to have a drive (or folder) dedicated to game installs that can be moved to another PC (or connected to the same re-installed PC) and just work without having to re-download a game from the store. Even if the bulk of the install is stored in a folder and just a few key pieces were re-installed, that would be fine too.

                            304 votes
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                              56 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Users to Set a Default Monitor For Launching Games

                              Users with multiple monitors should be able to change on which monitor will their game start

                              317 votes
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                              • Better multi-monitor support for watching video and gaming at the same time

                                When watching Netflix or YouTube on a secondary monitor while gaming on the primary monitor, there is often stuttering or hitching on the game. This is especially present if you are using monitors with different refresh rates. It is more noticeable if you full screen the video on the secondary monitor.

                                276 votes
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                                • Automatically Switch Power Profiles When Game is Launched

                                  When I launch a game, switch my power plan to High Performance. When I close the game, switch it back to balanced profile. Maybe have a whitelist where people can add their games manually.

                                  265 votes
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                                  • Allow Games to Use Resolution Scaling on Windows

                                    It would be awesome if Windows would let you set a scaled game resolution (in borderless window mode perhaps) separate from the scaling used by the desktop (a custom per-game setting) without switching screen resolution. Some games seem to work this way already, but it would be great if this could be expanded across the board. For example, say my desktop is set to 3200x1800, but I'd like to render a game at 1920x1080 and scale it up to fill the 3200x1800 space. That way you get the performance benefits in game alongside the higher resolution of the desktop environment…

                                    236 votes
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                                    • Support Variable Refresh-Rate Displays In Non-Full Screen Modes

                                      Windowed-Mode G-Sync/FreeSync are 'hacks' into the DWM and are frequently broken by OS updates.

                                      1803 completely broke Windowed-Mode G-Sync, and even after NVIDIA's 'fix' the refresh rate is not properly synchronized to the frame rate any more.
                                      Many games will not activate VRR in windowed-mode at all.

                                      Ideally these issues could be resolved if VRR was supported at the OS level.

                                      218 votes
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                                      • Allow Users to Set Multiple Keyboards & Mice as Inputs on Windows

                                        Currently multiple keyboards & mice cannot be used at the same time. A utility where you could assign multiple keyboards & mice as separate controllers would be very useful and give more reason for developers to create split screen games for PC

                                        215 votes
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                                        • Native Controller Support for Non-Xbox Controllers

                                          Would love to be able to use my steam controller with out the steam client as well as other types of controllers.

                                          199 votes
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