When you use the Epic Games Store launcher, you may notice that your battery time is running low quickly.
It turns out that if you play games with your laptop through Epic Games Launcher, your battery may run out faster than you expect. Tests show that the Epic Games Store launcher consumes up to 20 percent more battery time than Steam.
Of course, this can be understood when playing games from launchers like Steam or Epic. It’s normal that the resources needed to keep the store app running are more than running the game locally. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that the launcher consumes a lot of resources, even when working only in the background.
PC World has run some tests comparing epic games launcher to Steam launcher. The test uses the Surface Pro 7+ with an 11th generation Intel Ice Lake processor and the Ryzen-based Surface Laptop 3.
Running the Steam app in the background on both platforms has little or no effect on battery life. Testers have achieved a 603-minute battery exhaust with the factory-reset Surface Pro 7+. Running the Steam launcher hidden in the taskbar reduced battery time by 2.7 percent to 587 minutes. Epic Games Launcher reduces uptime to 482 minutes when run in the background. That’s a 17 percent difference over Steam.
On the Ryzen laptop, the differences are less pronounced but still noteworthy. It was seen that a study from scratch finished the battery in 472 minutes and had no effect on the uptime of Steam running in the background. Epic Games fell 8 percent to 434 minutes. In this sense, it is possible to say that Epic’s launcher is a complete battery enemy. Epic shares that they are working to improve the app’s performance and reduce power consumption.
Let’s remember that hardware configuration and other factors can affect battery life. Still, if you use Epic’s launcher, it’s clear that your device will consume more battery than necessary.
Let’s note that at the beginning of last month, it was announced that the number of Epic Games Store users reached 160 million in 2020.