News The Epic Games Store draining laptop battery life


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Dec 11, 2018

This comes from PCW's testing of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ with the new 11th gen Tiger Lake processors inside. After receiving some inconsistent results on their battery tests, they discovered that the Epic Games Store app still running hidden in the taskbar was having a drastic effect on the tablet's battery life.

PCWorld breaks down their whole testing methodology in the article, but they ran a battery test in airplane mode on two systems and measured the battery life with EGS on and off, signed in and running, signed off and running, etc. to see what kind of impact Epic's platform has on PC.



They found an average drop in battery life by 20 percent (nearly two hours) on the Pro 7+, and an eight percent drop on the Ryzen-powered Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. All open applications consume a bit of battery, but it was surprising to see how much the Epic Game Store was guilty of using.

The more severe battery drain looks to be an issue with the new Tiger Lake system or Surface Pro tablets in general. But as shown with the Ryzen system, the Epic launcher can still affect performance even on non-Tiger Lake systems, even just running in the background.


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