Discord’s Party Mode is a party pooper for processors

Discord has a new party mode to celebrate the app’s seventh anniversary, though the fun new feature might not be something you want running on your system if you’re precious about your CPU usage.

Party Mode is a purely cosmetic addition with no real user benefit, adding a few audio and visual changes such as cheering crowds, confetti, and a combo counter that appears as you tap. Although it has no real use, it is certainly worth using for a short while and reminds us of the various customizations and themes that users could add to old social media platforms such as MySpace, Tumblr, and Bebo.

As noted by PC Gamer though, it’s not all fun and games, as all those quirky confetti explosions and other party-themed effects can hog your CPU, with some users claiming to have seen an increase in 30% CPU usage just from activating the new mode.

The following troubleshooting tips have been provided by Official Discord Support for those experiencing issues using the feature:

“If reduced movement is enabled, it may conflict with party mode. You can check this setting by going to User Settings > Accessibility > Enable Reduced Motion and see if the toggle is enabled. Please note that some aspects of Party Mode, including Confetti and Screenshake, will be disabled depending on whether Reduced movement is authorized.”

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to verify these claims ourselves as Party Mode only ran for one week from Friday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. PDT to Monday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. PDT, although you can always experiment with various themes and plugins to optimize your experience or customize the look to suit your own style.


Analysis: Should CPU-intensive features come with a warning?

A Discord meme from a party surrounded by people, with the words "they don't know i'm hogging their ram"

(Image credit: Future/Discord)

For those with some technical know-how, it’s easy to check out what’s affecting your laptop or computer’s performance, but that doesn’t mean everyone understands the intricacies of diagnosing problems with your system.

For many, it may not be obvious that a fun Discord feature is slowing down your machine, and while it’s unlikely to cause serious issues with the hardware itself, it can be frustrating not to understand why you’re seeing a drop in performance. If Discord understood that this could have a huge impact on your CPU, should they have revealed it when the feature was dropped?

Discord is of course not the only service in this position, with Google Chrome having long been criticized for its RAM-hungry tendencies compared to other web browsers, and there are plenty of other examples that could be cited.

It’s doubtful that raising consumer awareness of the increased usage will deter many installations or updates, particularly if the known impact is negligible or if the user has a system powerful enough to do so. cope, but it would seem that the incentive really isn’t there to make services more transparent for users without a decent understanding of IT systems.

It’s a long way from putting warning labels on tobacco and e-cigarette products or legislation requiring calorie information to be clearly displayed on food products, but I really don’t think that would be a terrible inclusion in updates from major tech companies, and could potentially encourage more users to strive to better understand how their systems work.

This, in turn, could lead to improved home care of laptops, computers and tablets, which would reduce the number of gadgets going to landfill, and the general public would be less wary of the ever-changing world of technology. evolution. Is it experimental? Sure, but all it takes is transparency.

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