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Xbox Game Bar now keeps track of what's using your RAM, CPU, and GPU

Resource Widget Xbox Game Bar
Resource Widget Xbox Game Bar (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Bar can now track which apps use your RAM, CPU, and GPU.
  • The new Resources widget lets you shut down apps without leaving your game.
  • The Performance widget has also been updated to monitor GPU utilization and GPU memory usage.

The Xbox Game Bar for Windows 10 has a new update with a fresh set of features. The Xbox Game Bar now has a Resources widget that can track which apps are using up your system resources, including RAM, CPU, and GPU. The Performance widget also gained the ability to monitor GPU utilization and GPU memory usage. A recent news post (opens in new tab) from Microsoft outlines the latest update to Xbox Game Bar.

The Resources widget can stay on top of your screen as an overlay, letting you know which apps or games are eating up your system resources. If you want to shut down an app that's hogging your PC's resources, you can close the app directly from the Resources widget.

Xbox Game Bar also gained the ability to check if your PC is ready for DirectX 12 Ultimate. To use this option, go to Settings and select Gaming features.

Microsoft also highlights widgets from Gamecaster (opens in new tab) and ASUS. The Gamecaster widget lets you pin transparent widgets inside of your game to track events and stream chats and is available now. The ASUS Armory Crate Widget lets you control Hyperfan modes and will be available soon.

The new features are rolling out to Xbox Game Bar starting today.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • So... Task Manager?
  • Basically. Another useless feature no one asked for. Why not just set task manager always on top?
  • Because this a great solution for playing games. The game bar allows the widget to be translucent and be quickly pulled up when needed if not pinned. WTF wants a legacy window on top of their game?
  • Windows task manager already has a widget mode.
  • Also, how do you know that "no one" asked for this? Enough with the blanket statements already.
  • I don't think you're a gamer and you don't have to comment on every post it's not a must..
    and stop referring to everybody when making personal statement..
  • We could call it...hmm...*air quotes* Manager App for Tasks.