PC gamers don’t want online threats, but also don’t want slowdowns or distractions. I gave Avast 2017 a test-drive to see if Game Mode delivers.
I rediscovered gaming a few years ago and am now totally immersed in the worlds of Witcher 3, GTA V, and, among the latest PC games, Resident Evil 7. These games are gripping, but they also have a few things in common:
This means I, like all lovers of online PC games, have tended just to turn off any security solution while I’m gaming. Sure, that solves the short-term problem (lagging play), but it leaves me open to a much worse problem: hacks.
Let me tell you (as I’ve come to do, myself): Just. Don’t.
There’s a better way to experience the best gameplay than risking your security. And it doesn’t have to mean you need the “best gaming computer.” You can maximize results with whatever you have.
The idea behind Game Mode was simple, and its creation was driven by many of our own customers and users, themselves avid gamers who also care about their safety and security online. The questions our engineers set out to answer (with a product!) were:
I took off my Avast employee hat and put on my gaming customer hat, then dug deep into Game Mode to see if it holds up. Here’s what I found Game Mode does:
And on top of all that, the Avast engineers made sure to avoid false positives for games or any accompanying tools, so you can launch and play your games hassle-free.
Easy: we automatically detect when a game is running and when you’re playing it. We apply the above-mentioned mechanics to your game in order to either improve performance or make sure no immersion-breaking notifications or updates throw you out of your gameplay. If you want all the nitty-gritty about Game Mode with instructions for turning it on, visit our Game Mode page at avast.com.
If for some reason your game isn’t recognized by Game Mode, you can add it manually:
That’s all there is to it: What took our engineers months to work out is just a few clicks for you. Game Mode helps you stay secured and still deliver the best possible FPS and uninterrupted gameplay.
Image: Nick Woods
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