It seems that developers are taking sides when it comes to the new Windows 8 OS. Some feel that the Windows 8 OS is a disaster and will be a horrible OS for gamers. Other developers feel that Windows 8 has some excellent features that will only enhance the gamers’ experience. The real question is which one is right?
Certain developers such as Valve and Blizzard have gone on record calling Windows 8 a “catastrophe” and have been very vocal about their displeasure of the development process that Microsoft has taken with Windows 8. Due to these announcements there have been a large number of rumors circulating that developers are looking to OS such as Linux to partner up in order to develop their gaming software to better fit the Linux system. There really has not been any movement of the major game developers from Microsoft to Linux, so currently they are just rumors.
There is also the fact that there was a discovery that it appears that Valve is positioning its company to become a competitor of Microsoft in the software and hardware category. There are a large number or red flags that have flown up between new hires, and other information that just goes to show that Valve may not actually be interested in staying with Microsoft, but may be developing their own OS. This would not only eliminate the Valve games from Microsoft, but it would also mean that they have absolutely no intention of working out a deal with Linux.
The truth is that overall your gaming experience will be about the same that it has always been on a windows powered system. There are some aspects that have been improved on in Windows 8, but there are other aspects that do not flow as well with the current games that are available. It all really depends on your preference.
The reason that some game developers have had an initial negative reaction to Windows 8 is because some of the things that they are used to from previous versions of Windows is not as easy to use. They are not taking into consideration the new features that have become available, or the improvements that have been made in other parts of the gaming experience.
Overall the new changes for Windows 8 gaming and the issues with Windows 7 are really a wash. The items that Windows 8 has improved on cancel out the things that you will miss from Windows 7. When it comes down to it if you like gaming on Windows 7 you will most likely like gaming on Windows 8.
Most of the major games that have been available on Windows 7 are either already compatible with the Windows 8 OS or have made the upgrades in order to be able to be run on the Windows 8 system. Many people have heard the complaints from Blizzard that they do not feel that the Windows 8 OS is up to par, but their Version 4 of World of Warcraft is compatible with the Windows 8 OS, so major WOW fans do not have to worry about missing out if they upgrade.
The information that is available about the Windows 8 OS is mainly based on that of the developers. The release of Windows 8 will prove if the general public is truly happy with the latest version of Windows, or if it will send them running back to their beloved Windows 7. Microsoft seems to have invested a lot in this OS, so it is in their best interest to have made a solid product, but we will see very soon.