If your Xbox is running with a yellow-and-black Game Mode warning, it means you’ve activated it. But how do you turn it off? You can’t use the same technique to activate it again: turning Game Mode on once activates both its on and off state. For this reason, most users will prefer to keep their Xbox in either the On or Off mode permanently, instead of switching between them every time they want to play one game or another. You might wonder why you wouldn’t just leave it on at all times; after all, isn’t that what Game Mode is for? In some cases, yes! If you’re playing a single game almost exclusively, keeping the feature activated can help optimize performance and reduce potential frame-rate drops caused by your graphics card being overworked. But there are counter-arguments too. Disabling Game Mode when playing individual games offers no discernible downsides; if anything, improved performance might make certain titles run smoother than before.
How To Turn Off Game Mode On Xbox One
Navigate To The Home Screen
You’ll want to start by navigating to the Home screen on your Xbox One. From there, select the Xbox button on your controller. This will open up the menu that you can navigate through using the directional pad and the “A” button.
Select The Settings Menu
From there, select “Settings” to open up the Settings Menu. From here, select “All Settings” to open up the full menu with even more options. From here, select “Game Hub” to open up the Game Hub menu and find the Game Mode switch.
Select Game Hub
The Game Hub menu will have a few options, including a “Game Mode” switch. This switch will either be turned on or off. When it’s turned on it means Game Mode is enabled and when it’s turned off it means it’s disabled. To turn it off, simply select the switch and turn it to “Off”.
Turn Off The Game Mode Switch
After turning off the switch, you can exit the menu and go back to the Home Screen. From here, you can simply restart the console as you normally would or wait for the console to restart on its own. You can also turn off any other features you don’t need, such as Game DVR, and return any game or app to their original location if you prefer to keep game files on an external hard drive.
Exit Out Of Settings
You’ll also want to exit out of Settings by pressing the “B” button on your controller. This will take you back to the main menu and you can either go back to playing a game or exit out of the console completely.
Restart The Xbox One
As soon as you turn off the game mode, you may notice that loading times for games will be a bit slower than usual. The game mode feature is supposed to load games faster, but it might not work with every title. In some cases, it can actually slow things down. If you want to make sure that the game mode feature is completely disabled, then you should restart the console. Doing so will also make sure that your console is running smoothly and that it’s not bogged down by unnecessary processes or programs.
Turn On The Game Dvr Again
If you turned off the Game DVR feature while you were in the Game Hub, then you may want to turn that feature back on. Turning the Game DVR off will allow you to store more games on your console, but it can make the recording process take longer. The Game DVR does take up a bit of your console’s storage space, but it’s fairly low and it only records what you’re actually playing. If you don’t turn this feature back on, then you’ll be unable to record game clips and clips created when using Mixer.
Turn On Auto-Start For Games
If you turned off Auto-Start for Games, then you can turn it back on whenever you like. Auto-Start for Games is a helpful feature that will let you start playing a game as soon as it loads. It can be helpful if you want to jump right into a game, but don’t want to wait for it to fully load.
Change Your Storage Location Back To Original Location (Optional)
If you changed the storage location for your games, apps, and other game files to an external hard drive, then you’ll want to return the location back to the original term. You can do this from the Settings menu. Just select “All Settings”, and “Storage”, and then select “Change Where We Save Game Content”. Select “Go Back to My Hard Drive” to return the storage location back to the default setting. You may want to wait until you’re done recording clips or playing games before you do this.
Why You Should Disable Game Mode Permanently?
1. You’re Not Playing The Game
If you turn off Game Mode, then you won’t be able to play many of your games. This is because it reduces the amount of memory that your console uses. When you turn off Game Mode, then the game will only use what it needs to run properly. This means that if it doesn’t require a lot of memory, then it won’t use a lot of memory when you turn on Game Mode again.
2. You Can’t Record Your Games
If You Have Turned Off Game Dvr, Then You Can’t Record Any Clips Or Game Clips Created By Mixer With Your Xbox One Camera And Microphone. This Is Because Those Features Can Only Be Used If Game Mode Is Enabled. If You Want To Record Clips With Mixer And/Or Take Screenshots From Games, Then Make Sure That Game Mode Is Enabled First!
3. Your Console Is Slower Than Before
Turning off Game Mode may cause your console to run slower. When you turn on Game Mode, then the system will use the amount of memory that it needs. For example, if you’re playing a game that requires a lot of memory, then turning on Game Mode could cause your console to slow down.
4. You Can’t Turn On Or Off Some Features
When you turn on Game Mode, then your console won’t be able to use some of its other features. For example, when you turn on Game DVR and take screenshots with Mixer, those features won’t work without the game mode enabled. This is because they require a lot of memory too!
5. It Makes Your Console Look Worse Than Before
When you turn off Game Mode, then your Xbox One console may look worse than before since it will look like there are less features available. The games will load faster and have more memory available for them to run.
6. You Can’t Use Some Xbox One Accessories
Some Xbox One accessories won’t work if you turn off game mode. This includes the Xbox One Elite Controller, the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, and the Xbox Live Gold membership card. If you want to use these accessories, then make sure that game mode is enabled first!
7. You Can’t Use Some Bluetooth Devices
When you turn off Game Mode, then you won’t be able to use some Bluetooth devices and accessories. If you want to use a Bluetooth headset or any other accessory, then make sure that game mode is enabled first!
8. Your Console’s Battery Will Last Longer Than Before
When you turn off Game Mode, then your console will use less power than before. This means that it will last longer on its battery than before!
If you want your Xbox to run at its best, you need to enable Game Mode. This one-button optimisation mode will automatically adjust your Xbox’s settings to improve performance, reduce latency, and prioritise the game you’re playing over other networked devices. Game Mode is arguably the best feature of the Xbox One and is designed to improve your overall experience, whether you’re playing single-player games or online multiplayer titles.