How well does Windows 8 work for gaming?

Windows 8 is known for having extreme speed improvements that allow the whole OS to run more smoothly than ever, but what about games? When I first tried beta versions of Windows 8 I ran into several gaming problems myself.

The biggest of these was that many games had glitchy or blocky graphics. This likely had to do with non-updated/supported video card drivers that early in the game. Almost every game I tried would at least run, I just sometimes ran into graphical problems that made the games look not-so-pretty.

Fast-forwarding to the Windows 8 RTM, is Windows 8 an improvement over Windows 7 when it comes to gaming? At the very least is it on par?

PC World has an in-depth analysis that takes a look at this very topic. They used a custom machine and loaded up Windows 8 to see how well it performed. Overall, the conclusion through benchmark testing that Windows 8 will either be largely the same for gaming as Windows 7 or even slightly better from a performance standpoint.

That being said, there are some potential issues worth considering before you run out to upgrade your gaming rig to the latest version of Windows.

Possible Gaming Glitches and Problems

Older DRM may not work right with Windows 8, and even SecureROM (which is used in TONS of games) had a few glitches with activation according to PC World- luckily on a test of “Batman Arkham City” a restart was all it took to fix the issue. Small problems existed with Stem as well.

The biggest problem here is the URL shortcuts for games on the desktop can’t be pinned to the Start Screen. In order to make it work you need to manually drop the right link— not a huge issue by any means.

Ironically, out of the box, Windows 8 even had problems with Microsoft’s own “Games for Windows Live”. On an attempt at install a Window Live game, an error message citing compatibility problems popped up. Good news is that a link with a fix did exist.

As you can see, there are minor problems but they all seem to have existing fixes. This isn’t at all out of the ordinary. Even Windows 7 had a few quirks when it came to gaming when it was first introduced. The good news is that there isn’t any major incompatibility issues present.

So, here is the big question: Any gamers actually interested in Windows 8?

With its new UI that is geared more towards the casual market it remains unseen whether hardcore gamers have an interest in the OS (at least outside of brand new gaming tablets). As a gamer that has Windows 8 installed, I think it runs pretty well.

For those who don’t know, I recently upgraded to an RTM version of Windows. Things seemed to work just fine with a direct upgrade, but part of me had a feeling that some games might need to be re-installed and fixed following the upgrade.

Not the case at all. Crysis 2 runs perfectly. So does Diablo 3 and Sims 3. Everything I’ve tried works fine.

How about other gamers out there, interested in Windows 8 or will you stick with Windows 7 for now?

Via: PC World

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