If you’re a PC gamer, then arguably your operating system experience should take a backseat to your gaming experience. Windows 8 is lighter and faster in many respects than Windows 7 – ostensibly it should be better for gaming. Have you upgraded yet?
So yeah, it’s not news or anything for me to say that Windows 8 was met with a fair degree of disdain. The tile interface and the fairly shallow apps we’ve been getting from the app store are leaving a lot of us wanting. I still run Windows 7 at home on my iMac for PC games, and have no plans to change things yet, but I am wondering now if I should.
The main reason is this – for my purposes, Windows is purely a game OS. I use it for nothing else at home, and if I could, I wouldn’t use it at work. Most of the extra bells and whistles that are in Windows for security, encryption, system maintenance or search just don’t matter for me. What I want is something faster, leaner, and meaner with good compatibility and performance for PC games. Ostensibly, Windows 8 really ought to be just that.
Windows 8 has, as far as I can tell, been pretty stable, runs most everyone’s games fine (especially for folks using Steam – I’ve never heard a game-related complaint). Initially benchmarks and anecdotal evidence seemed to indicate that gaming performance was very slightly slower than Windows 7, but that performance gap seems to have been eliminated over the past few months since Windows 8 was released. Whether due to vendor driver improvements or some internal change by Microsoft, my friends that are on Windows 8 (which admittedly is a small number of people) have universally told me that pretty much all is as it was before – no issues to be seen.
Except for the OS itself, though. With only a couple of exceptions in my circles, the Windows 8 UI doesn’t seem to have won many converts. It’s enough of an issue that many of them have simply chosen not to update at all until something forces them off of Windows 7. I understand this completely from people who use Windows as a desktop workplace engine. But for folks who are primarily using their PC for games? Why not use Windows 8?
I really don’t have many reasons left not to move up… so I might. Maybe this weekend. What about you guys? Comment below!!