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Windows 8 may focus heavily on gaming to recover lost share

updated 09:30 am EST, Mon December 27, 2010

Windows 8 said having gaming focus

Microsoft's Windows 8 could have a much stronger focus on gaming, a slip alleged today. The developer is said making gaming not just important but a "key component for the whole OS." What that would entail wasn't given to the TechRadar source.

The company has made periodic attempts to improve gaming in Windows, starting with DirectX in Windows 95 and including more recent additions like the Games section in Vista and 7. However, the company doesn't have a simplified gaming app store and still treats the Windows Live side of gaming as an optional component. Much of the PC gaming market is now controlled by Valve Software's Steam platform, which not only handles direct-download sales but provides matchmaking and most of the other responsibilities that aren't built into Microsoft's OS.

The rumor isn't confirmed but may reflect a concern at Microsoft that its heavy emphasis on the Xbox 360 for the past five years has both let Windows gaming decline and opened avenues to Apple. By reducing the need to have a Windows PC for gaming, Microsoft has made it easier for computer users to switch to the Mac. Valve's launch of Steam for the Mac has also let many Mac users play the same games as their Windows counterparts, often without having to buy extra copies.

Windows 8 has been characterized by Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer as a big gamble and is already poised to mark a big break, including known plans for tablet optimizations, faster response times, integrated camera support and possibly a fully 3D rendered interface. It isn't due to ship until late 2012.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Gaming: the LAST Advantage

    Except for cheap and DIY hardware, gaming has been Windows' only clear advantage over Mac OS X.

    With the long line of Microsoft failures over the past few years, games are about all they've got left to trumpet.

    12 year olds everywhere should be thrilled!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft's terminal ADD

    "Look, a shiny object!"

    By the time they get it right... the market will have shifted again. Led by Apple, of course.

  1. cal6n

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So here we are again...

    ... firmly in the "over-promise" phase of Microsoft's well worn development path. Expect a transition late 2011/early 2012 into the "under-deliver" phase as innovative vapourware features are gradually removed, finally culminating in the usual bug-ridden, late delivery around mid 2013.

    Business as usual...

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh so now...

    ...Windows 8 will compete with Xbox?

    Wow. What will Microsoft think of next? Oh I know I know!

    Next they will come out with a new mobile platform that will want you to actually interact with your phone! Unlike what the marketing for Windows Mobile 7 is all about....oh wait, they tried that? With the Kin?

  1. TomMcIn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blast from the past

    Some time ago, I read something like

    If you want to be technical, use Linux.
    If you want to be productive, use a MAC.
    If you want to play games, use Windows.

    Sounds like something Balmer has written on his wall.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Macs are toys...

    . . . then why is Windows so gaming-oriented??

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get Ready ...

    ... here comes the red-ringed screen of death.

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