How To Disable Xbox Game DVR In Windows 10 To Counter Drops In FPS

I’ve run across this odd problem on Windows 10 where if you leave the operating system’s built-in DVR functionality on, certain games tend to start dropping frames, feeling sluggish as a result. The issue has been reported by several users over online forums and even received a mention within certain games (such as Valve’s Dota 2) as a possible cause for drops in performance.

If you’ve been experiencing unexplained frame rate hiccups within games that used to run smoothly on your Windows system before, there’s a chance the recently added DVR functionality is to blame. It’s possible the feature interferes with other in-game services such as those offered by the Steam overlay or Nvidia’s GeForce Experience. Maybe it’s just that it doesn’t play well with certain games. It’s a young feature, after all, and is likely to take some more time getting the lay of the land.

Fortunately, there’s a way to disable Xbox Game DVR and Game Bar altogether, and we’re going to show you exactly how to do that.

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Start by launching the stock Xbox app. The Game DVR feature is part of the app.

2. Switch to the Settings section from the menu on the left.

3. Within the Settings section, switch to the Game DVR tab.

4. Turn the Game DVR toggle to the off position.

This will disable Game DVR and Game Bar, preventing the feature from activating when you next launch a fullscreen application or game. It’s important to note, though, that in-game performance issues can be caused by a myriad of things, even a combination of different problems. If you’re experiencing severe drops in framerate within a particular game, Game DVR likely isn’t the only cause, though it might improve the average framerate by a few points.

If this quick and easy solution ends up helping you, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Sameed Khan

I write, game, design at times, and revel in sarcasm. You can find me on Twitter.