RE: Top Reasons for a PC Gamer to Get Windows 7
July 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm by urloc
According to Microsoft in their main site, there are 7 reasons for gamers to purchase windows 7. We have tried it ourselves and we can reply to Microsoft’s top 7 reasons. Just for the record, I tried it on my old computer because I didn’t want to take the risk of installing it on my main computer. The testing computer was:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Memory: 2GB DDR2-800
Graphic Card: Asus GF8800GT
Just for the record, I updated all my drivers.
The below listed in Italic are the reasons being exhibited by Microsoft in their official site .
1 – Performance
To quote a coworker: ‘Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!’. Code for the OS has been optimized for better all around performance for games. Whatever you’re playing now should be a better experience in Windows 7.
Ok, I have tried Crysis and it doesn’t run THAT awesome. With the same resolution I used to play on the XP (1024×768) it goes at a slower FPS. It does run much better than Vista, but they compared it with XP for obvious reasons.
2 – Compatibility
The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7, so you should not worry about Windows 7 breaking your games. Feel free to move to Windows 7 because whatever you’re playing now should work fabulously in Windows 7.
As stated above, Crysis is running a little worse in Windows 7 than Windows XP, same thing happened with Bioshock.
3 – Discoverability
You can use Start -> Search to find any game you just downloaded or installed. No need to launch a separate application. Likewise, you won’t need to launch a game to get more info about it: The Windows 7 Games Explorer can show you in-game statistics within a preview pane plus delivers up-to-date info about your favorite game publishers and gives you the opportunity to try new games.
I don’t really see this as something useful. The Games Explorer looks more like a good way to promote the games they want than a real advantage for players.
4 – Easy updates
The new Games Explorer will notify you whenever updates are available for your games so you don’t have to go searching for them yourself or have to launch the game to see if there’s an update waiting.
Good, but most part of the games do that themselves and well, if I am not going to launch the game… why should I update it?
5 – DirectX 11 support
DirectX 11 means better games, pure and simple, with more advanced features for games to use.
Sadly, this is a real reason but if DirectX 10 and later versions don’t run in Windows XP is because Microsoft doesn’t legally allow it to run. XP developers will less likely update drivers in which will force us to pay for Windows 7. At this point, most games still use DirectX 9.0c.
6 – Multitouch support
An increasing number of gamers are using mutltouch devices. Windows 7 supports multitouch-capable machines, so you can buy the latest and greatest multitouch laptop or desktop confident it’s going to work in Windows 7.
I have no multitouch devices at all… and I don’t need them to play anything at the moment. We’ll see in the future but for now I think it is not a necessity for gamers.
7 – Classics
Here’s a bonus reason for you: Windows 7 is going to bring back Internet Backgammon, Internet Spades, and Internet Checkers because you can’t spend all your time hardcore.
Oh yeah!! That’s a real reason!! I am gonna buy Windows 7 because it includes those games!!! Come on man…
This has been my experience using Windows 7 as a gamer, please write your experiences with it and hopefully they will be better than mine.