A new update for the Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar is introducing a new Resources widget that let PC gamers see at a glance which apps are using too many resources. This is a handy alternative to Task Manager for closing apps certain apps, and this Resources widget includes a two-columns compact view displaying an “Impact level” for every background apps, as well as a more detailed view displaying CPU, GPU, RAM, and disk usage for each app.
In addition to this new Resources widget, this latest Game Bar Update adds a new GPU usage indicator to the Performance widget, and the Settings section will also tell you if your PC supports Microsoft’s new DirectX12 Ultimate API. You can find the full release notes below:
- The new Resources Widget helps you identify and manage which apps are using system resources like CPU, GPU, RAM, and Disk. At a glance, or digging into the details, be sure you’re making the most of your system without leaving the game.
- DirectX 12 Ultimate enables the latest cutting edge graphics features, and you check the Gaming features Hub within Game Bar settings to make sure you’re ready for the future.
- The Performance widget now includes GPU Memory usage monitoring
- It’s now easier to see what you’re recording using the Capture widget, which will now show the current target app.
Microsoft's Xbox Game Bar overlay recently gained a third-party widget store which already includes widgets from Razer, Intel, XSplit. It also remains a neat tool for taking game captures, controlling audio devices, and chat with friends on Xbox Live, and it's great to see Microsoft adding new features at a regular pace.