For gamers, and likely 3D artists, more power behind the hood of a PC is always welcome. At the same time many gamers want a wide range of devices such as laptops, desktops, and even tablets for a wide range of experiences both at home and on the go.
So far I have tested out several games such as Batman Arkham City, Sims 3, and Shogun 2 Total War without any problems. Windows 8 looks to be a great platform for gaming and will likely raise the bar from what we expect from games. With Windows 8 we may see games that just work no matter if you have them on your phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop.
Even the games inside of Metro work well enough. Games like Treehouse Stampede are highly addictive in Metro. For now I can’t say that Windows 8 runs games ‘better’ than 7 did, but there are certainly more platform options that 8 supports and widens the gaming experience.
With many game systems waiting until 2014 or later for a launch, many gamers are turning to the PC again. The PC offers more power and thanks to the flexibility of Windows 8, is looking more appealing than ever for high-end gaming experiences and casual play as well.
Of course you have to wonder how capable ARM processors will be with gaming and if Metro will offer the tools for cutting-edge hardcore titles or just casual far. No matter how it ends up, it is likely that gaming will have a major place in Windows 8 across Metro and desktop mode.
Although all these options and platforms look great, Windows 8 has added a lot of new parameters to putting together or figuring out a dream machine for a gamer. Windows 8 bring with it two different processor architectures (x86 and ARM), and several different mediums such as tablets, notebooks, and desktops.
For gamers wanting to sort through it all and figure out the raw power behind their machine, Futuremark will have things under control. As a leader in benchmarking software Futuremark is going one step further with its new version of 3DMark, offering the power to benchmark different classes of hardware such as x86 and ARM, as well as variety of different graphics accelerators.
3DMark will be the largest reaching version of the software ever released. The software will accurately be able to measure and compare how well games will perform across the different platforms regardless of what kind of hardware the Windows 8 machine in question is running on.
The announcement was accompanied by a concept image for the new benchmark showing an elemental rock warrior showing off to swords.
The next-gen version of 3D Mark promises to work flawlessly for testing under Metro and classic desktop as well. Futuremark 3DMark for Windows 8 is expected to arrive sometime in 2012.
The future of gaming looks bright with Windows 8 and programs like 3D Mark will help us better gauge the capabilities of our hardware to provide the best experience we can get.
What do you think of Windows 8 as a gaming platform? Does the wide variety of hardware appeal to you? Does the idea of using software like 3D Mark to figure out the best options sound good to you? Share your thoughts on gaming and other 3D-intense uses below.