Windows 7 will be "great for games"

Microsoft VP Chris Lewis insists new release will be "nothing but good news" for PC gamers

Microsoft's VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business for the EMEA region, Chris Lewis, has told that the corporation's next major PC operating system, Windows 7, will be a positive step over and above Vista with respect to gaming.

"Windows 7 will be great for games, undoubtedly," he said. "It's all good news - it's even more robust, it's quicker relatively, and the early testing cycles are proving very promising overall.

"I think it'll be nothing but good news for PC gamers, but we'll have more to say on that later on this year," he added.

And Lewis also reaffirmed Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming overall, claiming that the Games For Windows campaign would be an ongoing investment.

"We're happy there, and we're very mindful that there's a strong and vibrant PC gaming community out there," he said. "Not all console games lend themselves to the PC - when it is appropriate we bring games to both platforms, when it's not we don't, and that will continue to be the case.

"Ultimately we're a Windows and PC company at heart, and that's not going to change, and the development on both platforms will remain central and important. The business ebbs and flows, and there will be times when we do more on one platform than the other, but they do co-exist very nicely, and as a company we're in a pretty unique position that we have a strong legacy on PC.

"We remain focused on it, you'll see more from us there in the future, and long may that continue."

The third part of the interview with Chris Lewis, in which he also talks about his stance on Metacritic and second-hand games, is available now.

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Nalin Sharma Management Consultant, Video Mind Games Ltd13 years ago
I wonder what he said about Vista - probably the same thing and that was (and is) an absolute disaster.

I would appreciate a definition of "Great for Games"
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D13 years ago
Having used the Windows 7 beta since it came out, it already feels MUCH faster than Vista. I know there are some changes under the hood but, tbh, as a consumer I haven't really noticed many differences other than the beta is much faster than my other vista machines. I suspect Windows 7 WILL be a lot better for gaming purely because the OS will hog less resources.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.13 years ago
It will supposedly be better gaming thanks to DX11 and more multithreaded gaming optimizations.

How much better remains to be known.
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Mat Bettinson Business Development Manager, Tantalus Media13 years ago
I wouldn't have said Vista was a disaster for games although the footprint is obviously unwelcome. Like Fran, I've been using the Windows 7 beta. It's a pretty good improvement. Obviously there's going to be cries that it is what Vista should have been but you can always say that stuff.

Moving from XP to Windows 7, when it comes out, will be a no brainer on features alone - including game related features.

More significant for PC gaming than Windows 7 in my view... would be a tightening up of user experience. PC gaming can still be a pain. I can't help but think that if MS helped with some guidelines (obviously would be voluntary and not like console submission process but they're pretty familiar with the process and benefits) so that Games for Windows actually meant something as a badge of reliability, that would be a help no?

Without wishing to sound like a broken record I'm still frustrated at the fractured DD marketplace. So I'll dish up a positive story for a change:

Atari's US site sold me Kings Bounty for $20US without whinging that I'm not in the US and I could pay with Paypal. Quick, painless download that worked fine and let me install it on a couple of PCs. That's awesome value for money for such an incredible game. Why it's not on Steam is utterly baffling, it's better than most of the other rubbish on there.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D13 years ago
The only thing I'd add to this is the ease of playing console titles online. I spent years as a PC only gamer - the 360 was my first console. I remember countless hours of using ventrillo, making sure everyone had the same settings, having to back out and go back in again, etc. Nightmare. Xbox Live is so much easier. (Can't comment on the PSN, though that will change with Killzone 2)

If MS included some kind of Live service for PCs (or even, at least) a built-into-windows-7 VOIP program for gaming) then I wonder what effect that would have on PC gaming? I'd certainly get back into PC gaming.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fran Mulhern on 24th February 2009 10:18am

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Nalin Sharma Management Consultant, Video Mind Games Ltd13 years ago
To a degree Windows 7 will be irrelevant because the focus is shifting to the Browser as more and more companies (iD, Unity, InstantAction) deliver technology and games to this platform. There are huge opportunities to be the next big portal(s) which will appeal to a different demographic than the miniclips of this world.

Furthermore the focus is shifting from purely technology (DX11 etc.) to social connectivity i.e if you can play an FPS in the browser with your friends, why bother with downloads at all as viruses etc tend to put people off.

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Mat Bettinson Business Development Manager, Tantalus Media13 years ago
Fran, MS actually showed up at one E3 many years ago sporting a voice communications peripheral, a puck that had transmit controls etc on it, and software which essentially tumbled out of a voice comms company they bougth (BattleCom was it?).

Nalin: "To a degree Windows 7 will be irrelevant"

Sorry, I don't think that's true. Alex St John of WildTangent has been singing that tune for years with a company that's been delivering practical examples of it. Doesn't strike me that it's any closer.

If the pinnacle of this development is playing the ancient Quake3 (which I assume you're refering to) in a browser then I, for one, remain unimpressed.

I'm not saying proper emersive 'core' games wont appear in the browser but that it's a fundamentally different market to the guys buying Warhammer: Dawn of War II or whatever. I could see a future where a Sims game, for example, ends up in a browser but for a whole host of reasons, it's just plain easier to do as a client.

When people talk about emerging markets, of virtually any industry, they normally point at Asia, Russia and so forth. Take a look at what's powering their gaming revolution.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D13 years ago

Yeah, Battlecom sounds right. I remember using that back in the day to play some flight simulators online with friends (Anyone remember the Janes Combat Simulations brand that ended up being ditched?).
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