Windows 7: The Next Generation Gaming Platform – I don't know so much

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The recent news of price increases has gotten a lot of the local community in a bit of a stir and with it, brought about a lot of comments from our readers about moving back to PC gaming.

So today I read an article stating that Windows 7 is set to be the real next generation gaming platform, so I thought I would take a look and see if it is in fact a decent option for those who do not want to fork out the necessary cash for console gaming.

As soon as I read the title, I already felt like I had hit a snag. Didn’t they say the same thing about Windows Vista?

Throughout the article there is basically a lot of talk about who is doing what to make this and that amazing. Promises, promises.

What about all of the people who bought into the whole Vista idea, the ones who were told that Live on Vista was going to change PC gaming and make everything a lot better. Where are they now? It’s not only about the technical aspects of the operating system and whatever they are promising that Direct X eleventy-trillion can offer, the real question is whether or not it’s actually going to work out at the end of the day.

Steam has done a fantastic job as far as hardcore online gaming goes, it has a lot of the features seen on PSN and Xbox Live and runs completely free. It shows that there is still a huge bass of PC users out there that want nothing more than to play some games on their PC.

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Will WIndows 7 bring about some sort of change that even makes a few of us think of going back over exclusively? I wouldn’t hold my breath but in the event that Microsoft does actually learn from it’s mistakes and creates something worthwhile, it may be worth a look, so keep your eyes peeled if your are seriously considering going over.

When it comes to my own personal preference, I can never see myself going back over to PC gaming. Installations, drive space, hardware requirements, downloading patches, fiddling with settings to get a decent framerate… It really doesn’t sound appealing to anyone who has gotten used to popping in a disc and then flopping backwards onto the couch.

Something significant will need to happen to really make me consider it. The ability to run Crysis and GTA IV on a Pentium 1 would be a great start.

Last Updated: December 15, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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