A couple of months ago I blogged about TvGameLauncher, a command line tool to help you launch your favorite games on your HDMI-connected TV (or any other connected display) with all the necessary steps carried out for you (change primary display, change default audio endpoint, prevent sleep).

The tool works great (at least for me 🙂 ), but its command-line nature leaves is inaccessible to users who aren’t comfortable with the command line and the entire experience isn’t that much fun.

Enter TvGameLauncherGUI. I’ve created a nice(?) WPF GUI front-end for TvGameLauncher, and also improved the latter for good measure:

  1. There is now a useful “darken non-primary displays” that will darken all displays except the one where the game takes place for improved gaming immersion atmosphere.
  2. TvGameLauncher now employs the excellent NirCmd instead of the previous relatively unknown (and less reliable and updated) tools.
  3. Improved logging, error handling, and more.

Get it at SourceForge, and be sure to check out the 5 minute tutorial on Youtube.



3 thoughts on “TvGameLauncherGUI”

  1. Hi !
    First of all, thank you for this program, that works (almost) perfectly !
    The only trouble I have, is that when my fullscreen application is launched on my secondary display, when I click anywhere on the first one, my fullscreen app in the second gets minimized… I would like to do stuff on my main screen while a fullscreen app is on the second. Is it possible with your program ?
    Thanks a lot,

    1. Hi Antoine,

      I’m afraid that’s not up to TvGameLauncher, but rather the full-screen application itself.
      Some apps allow what you’re looking for, some don’t…


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