Conserving energy: It's a concept at the forefront of countless technological design choices of today. As such, Microsoft has decided to put the power in your hands with an incoming Windows 11 update, through a feature that lets you check your system's "Eco Score" and edit its sustainability settings at will.
Our friends over at Tom's Hardware unearthed the coming update via a known Twitter software sleuth, Albacore, who recently tweeted some screenshots of changes to their Windows 11 insider build.
A few more improvements coming to Windows 11 🍃• Sustainability: better energy consumption and device recycling awareness• Focus Assist is becoming Focus, now schedulable through Outlook & sporting more granular options• Notification priorities no longer tucked away in UI pic.twitter.com/5V6t51rDP4February 5, 2022See more
The update includes some other changes to Focus Assist, and how notification priority settings are accessed, but the feature drawing the most attention is the addition of a Sustainability settings menu.
The Eco score in the as-yet-unreleased Windows 11 update is currently non-functional, and the menu contains limited settings. But soon it'll allow you to monitor and improve your rig's energy consumption, by suggesting settings to improve its Eco Score. There's even a button that'll give users advice on how to recycle their machine.
With companies, such as Razer helping set the standard for a more sustainable gaming future and Intel making promises to design PC's with "longer-term, energy-efficient architectures," there's a big focus on eco-friendly gaming right now.Your next upgrade
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Of course, knowing how to check PC power usage not only gives the average gamer more influence over their machine's environmental impact, but also their electricity bill. So I'm sure we can all agree this is a positive move on Microsoft's part.
I'm looking forward to seeing these sustainability settings up and running, and seeing exactly what kind of impact any changes it suggests will have on my machine's gaming performance. Because that's really the stickler here.
If my frame rate drops below 60, I'll be coming for you, Microsoft.