The Game Bar on Windows 10 has widgets for broadcasting gameplay, viewing a list of your friends, taking screenshots, and keeping an eye on your system’s performance, among other things. You can also install other widgets from the Game Bar widget store though, at present, there aren’t that many widgets to choose from.
The default widgets on the Game Bar aren’t bad. The Performance widget that shows GPU usage and FPS allows users to pin the information to the top without relying on third-party apps.
Game bar task manager
Microsoft may not make a lot of changes or improvements to the Game Bar but it also doesn’t neglect the feature entirely. A new change that’s been made to the Game Bar is the addition of a task manager.
The task manager is basically another widget that can be enabled. Unlike the standard Windows 10 Task Manager, this widget shows you which apps and services have a high impact on your system. You can then end a task to free up system resources.
Enable Game bar task manager
To enable the Game bar task manager, follow these steps.
- Open a game (or any other app).
- Tap the Win+G keyboard shortcut to open the Game Bar.
- Click the list icon to open the list of widgets.
- Enable the Resources widget.
- Wait for the widget to load apps and processes.
- Pin the task manager to the top by clicking the pin icon.
- To quit an app, click the close/cross button.
- Confirm that you want to quit the app/process.
- To get a more detailed view, click Show more.
- You will be able to see CPU, GPU, RAM, and Disk usage for each process.
- Click the title of a column to sort items by it.
Windows Task Manager vs Game Bar task manager
The Game Bar task manager isn’t meant to be any sort of replacement for the Windows 10 Task Manager. A cursory look at the two will show you that the Game Bar task manager is basic and has little utilization outside managing the load on system resources when you’re playing a game. Even then, you may find yourself turning to the Windows 10 Task Manager on occasion.
The Game Bar task manager can be pinned to the top like other Game Bar widgets so it’s a handy and light-weight way to keep an eye on your system while you’re playing a game. It will highlight high-impact items making it easier for you to find and kill resource hungry processes.