Track your PC’s performance with Xbox Game Bar

Use the Performance overlay to easily monitor your PC’s performance while you’re gaming. This lets you know in real time whether your system has enough resources for game-intensive moments or if something might be affecting it.

Important: To use the Performance overlay, get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) or later. Also, make sure Game Bar is up to date to get all the latest features.

Getting to know the Performance overlay

To use the Performance overlay over your game, press Windows logo key + G to open Xbox Game Bar, then select Overlay menu > Performance.

Performance overlay in Xbox Game Bar
Performance overlay in Xbox Game Bar

The Performance overlay shows your PC’s resources while gaming, such as:

  • CPU – Central Processing Unit. This indicates whether your system is keeping up with the needs of the game.
  • GPU – Graphics Processing Unit. This shows you how much video memory your graphics card is using.
  • RAM – Random Access Memory. This will tell you how much system memory is being used.
  • FPS – Frames Per Second. The number of frames a game is displaying on your monitor every second. The higher the FPS, the smoother the game looks and feels. The FPS tab displays the game's current frame rate and the frame rate history over the past 60 seconds, which lets you quickly determine whether you’re getting stable performance or noticeable dips.

If you’re not getting the performance you like, you might need to:

  • Lower the in-game settings.
  • Check if other apps you’ve got running could be impacting your game (and close them if possible).
  • Upgrade your hardware depending on how resource-intensive the game is.

Getting started with the FPS counter

To use the FPS counter over your game, there are a few one-time steps you might need to take.

Note: You’ll need Xbox Game Bar version 3.34.11002.0 or later to use the FPS counter.

  1. Press Windows logo key + G to open Game Bar, then select Overlay menu > Performance.
  2. Choose the FPS tab, then press Request access.
  3. Follow the prompts, then restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

When you launch a game, the FPS counter will be ready and waiting in Xbox Game Bar.

Play your way

Xbox Game Bar has customization options that let you quickly jump between your game and favorite activities. For more info, see Customize Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10.

Troubleshooting

Not seeing up-to-date FPS info when playing a game

If you’ve pinned the Performance overlay, open Game Bar over your game by pressing Windows logo key + G. This will refresh the info in the overlay.

Not seeing the FPS info after completing FPS setup

When you set up the FPS counter in Xbox Game Bar, your user account will be added to the Performance Log Users group (if your account is the administrator for the device or the administrator has added your account to the group). If you’re not seeing the FPS counter after restarting your PC (Request access button still appears in the FPS tab), verify that your account was added to the Performance Log Users group by typing Computer Management in the desktop search box, selecting Local Users and Groups > Groups > Performance Log Users. If you’re not seeing your account in the Members box, request access again from the FPS tab in the Game Bar Performance overlay, then restart your PC.

If you’re still not seeing FPS info after retrying access, manually add your administrator account to the group by typing Computer Management in the desktop search box, selecting Local Users and Groups > Groups > Performance Log Users, pressing Add, then following the prompts. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

Want to remove access for FPS info

  1. Type Computer Management in the desktop search box, select Local Users and Groups > Groups > Performance Log Users.
  2. Choose a user account then press Remove.
  3. Restart your PC for the change to take effect.

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