View Full Version : Microsoft Responds to Windows 8 Game Developers

08-14-2012, 12:16 PM
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_responds_windows_8_backlash_game_develop ers

In a recent interview, Valve CEO Gabe Newell took a few pot shots at Windows 8, and it didn’t take long before Blizzard, Mojang, and several other high profile developers piled on. Most have stopped short of calling it a “catastrophe” the way Gabe Newell did, however most have made it clear they don’t see much benefit for PC Gamers who are on the fence about upgrading. "If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for indie games and competition in general," said Minecraft creator and founder of Mojang, Markus "Notch" Persson. Microsoft’s response’s was a carefully worded statement attempting to restore confidence, however when terms like "Games For Windows Live" are used, we had to admit to being slightly skeptical.

According to Microsoft Windows 8 will offer built-in games and related achievements, and that Xbox Live is fully integrated into the OS. They once again re-affirmed their commitment to the Games for Windows Live brand, and that the future of the Xbox would be closely tied to Windows 8. "With Xbox on Windows 8, we created easy entry points into the types of entertainment that you’ll enjoy, including games," a spokesperson told VentureBeat. "The Games app prominently features your avatar, profile, friends and Gamerscore and allows you to explore your friends’ avatars." Users will also be able to buy games for their Xbox on the PC, and queue them for downloading on the console.

Microsoft’s decision to try and bring the PC and Xbox closer together is an odd strategy, and one that could potentially backfire. PC and console gamers are very distinct communities, and it’s a relatively small percentage of either side that has any desire to see the two mashed together.

It’s worth pointing out that existing games should, at least in theory, run as well in Windows 8 as they did in previous versions. If you aren’t interested in a “Modern UI” or the Xbox integration on the other hand, it probably won’t offer current PC Gamers much in the way of useful new features.

What I got out of that was "We know developers are complaining about our OS but we want to asure them that W8 will still be great because we are not changing anything that makes it bad."

08-14-2012, 12:21 PM
I'll believe it when I see it, but I'll be damned if I'm going to take MS' word for it.

08-14-2012, 04:04 PM
The OS is integrated with the evil GFWL and xbox live...no thanks.

08-16-2012, 06:34 AM
Heres a comparison between 7 and 8 in terms of speed


08-16-2012, 06:47 AM
Another dev has hit out at it, none other than the big Carmack himself.

For Gabe Newell, Windows 8 is a “catastrophe”, for Blizzard it’s “not awesome”; for John Carmack, it’s simply a little boring. So said id’s finest programmer during his keynote speech at QuakeCon yesterday, telling the assembled throng: “There’s nothing I’m looking forward to”.

Carmack opined that while every new Windows OS in the ‘90s represented a dramatic leap forward, Windows 8 seems nonessential.

"Windows XP did everything we needed for quite awhile," he said. "Hardly anyone at id used Vista." Windows 7 did enough “better and faster” to justify itself to Carmack, but nothing he’s seen of Windows 8 has caused him to consider another jump.


Not looking good at all from the gaming scene.

08-16-2012, 07:22 AM
Hopefully 8 dies a fast death.

08-16-2012, 07:27 AM
You know they are just gonna come out with Windows 9 after that...

Wish they would give it a rest. It seems like were getting windows versions more often now than we did in the 90's.

08-20-2012, 09:54 AM
This setting is quite good, with a touch screen.