Like it or not, PC gamers of today are stuck with having at least some amount of RGB in our lives, be it from peripherals or from components. If this applies to you, then you may have had the experience of having to juggle multiple programs from different brands to sort out your rainbow light show. Sometimes making matters worse is the possibility of brands’ official software not working properly. Microsoft may be looking to have the solution baked into Windows 11 directly, judging from a recent insider build.
According to software developer Albacore, Windows 11 insider build 25295 comes with hidden settings that allows users to control device lighting. From the screenshots shared on Twitter, these settings for connected device lighting are located under the personalisation menu.
Connected applicable devices connected to the Windows 11 PC will be listed, though not necessarily with their exact model names. Because of this, identifying which is which could be an issue sometimes. Though once a device is selected, you’ll be able to adjust the brightness, effect, speed and colour of the lighting. There’s even an option to make it match your Windows accent colour.
For the available effects, the options include setting it to a Solid Colour, have it Blink, or having it cycle through the Rainbow colours. That last one is available in two different directions. All in all, pretty standard for RGB components and peripherals, with some more complex options specifically for keyboards not listed.
New settings for device lighting make an appearance in build 25295. Is this the beginning of the end for low quality RGB gamer gear apps? 🎮 The spec for this is from 2018 and references to the feature have been around for years. Not cancelled after all 🥳https://t.co/oG4JbKsoeB pic.twitter.com/bMtxCH8REo
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) February 10, 2023
Worth noting is that Albacore says that “The spec for this is from 2018 and references to the feature have been around for years”. Hints of it appearing again in a Windows 11 insider build, even if hidden, indicated that Microsoft may have picked this project up again after abandoning it before. With that in mind, it’s entirely likely that the company will drop it again before it gets to the point of general availability for everyone.
(Source: Albacore / Twitter)
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