Windows 8 really isn't that bad from what I have experienced
If you just poke around and experiment with Windows 8, you'll find that it's not as bad as everybody thinks it is. Honestly!
Most of you PC gamers probably hate Windows 8 by now as much as you hate EA Origin. Hell, even Gabe and Blizzard came out and said "Screw Windows 8". And because they're the 2 most important icons in PC gaming, they're actually saying something about Windows 8 that gamers need to listen to.
Well, I'm here to "actually something about Windows 8 that gamers need to listen to." Windows 8 ISN'T THAT BAD. Here's why:
- It's faster. Seriously. Maybe not in games themselves, but I just installed the Windows 8 Release Preview on my slow as hell laptop, and though I did choose to keep my files from Windows 7, it now runs as slick as butter.
- There are shortcuts to get to basic settings in the desktop. Things like Personalization and Control Panel...Those can be accessed by putting the cursor at (or dragging your finger from) the bottom right corner of the screen, then clicking/tapping Settings.
- You can still play your games. Something that really baffled me when I read the story that Gabe didn't want to support Windows 8 was the fact that he most likely forgot that Steam runs just fine, and that the Windows Store won't get in the way of Valve's business. I mean, just look at Mac. It has an app store. Valve supports the platform. So why does Valve not want to support Windows 8?
- The Metro UI is fine. It may not be what gamers want to see when they turn on their systems, but have ANY of you forgotten that you can just leave it running on the Desktop for all of eternity? You don't HAVE to jump back and forth so much between it and the Desktop, you know.
- It's $40. Finally, Microsoft takes a note from Apple's playbook....by not charging so much for the upgrade. (Until January 2013, that is) And if you don't want to install it, why not buy it but just not install it until whenever the hell you want?
- It's pretty. Hell, there are a lot of UI elements that look BETTER than Windows 7, even though the addition of a lock screen (which you can customize, BTW) is one of them.
And that's about all I can think of right now. But I want to know what YOUR thoughts on Windows 8 are. Do you love/hate Windows 8? Will you be buying the upgrade during the $40 window? Will you be gaming on it if you do so? Let me know in the comments below.
It may be US$40, but it's a lot more over here. And for the record, I've used Windows 8 since the beginning and now have the RTM build. I still think it sucks ass. Metro is horrible. I would say I disagree with all your points, but I'm not going to take the time to write a post to back that argument up. I COULD do it, but I'm feeling too lazy.
Only being $40 isn't that big of a setback, which is nice. Most people I know though say that Windows 8 will suck (although, it's safe to say that they know little about it). Still, I need to see more before I make a proper opinion on it.
People don't accept change. Period! With change I mean the start button.
Pretty much the same reason why Adobe started doing CS .5 updates: because technology is evolving. Particularly, at a fast pace.
My problem with Windows8 is that it feels like 7 just came out. It's been about three years and that's relatively young for a platform. I know there was Windows98 and such, but that was pretty much just a major service pack for Windows95. What happened to service packs? It just feels like a new OS is unnecessary at this point in time and people are so satisfied with 7 that most people aren't going to bother with the hassle of upgrading. I'm still using XP on my desktop for Pete's sake.
I think it's more about the developing of games on the OS not how it runs current games.
My desktop has a 64-bit CPU and my laptop is 32-bit. I'd really like to upgrade both, if possible, with a single purchase.
If you have a 64-bit CPU why would you even bother with the 32-bit?
If Windows 8 does have faults, then I'm sure future updates will help fix most of them.
Knowing Microsoft they will I'm sure I'm not the only one who experience the Metro UI swap out of the game bug. If they do allow the users to install just the classic desktop then I'm sold, if not I'll stick with 7. Not saying Windows 8 is bad but I feel like it's extremely useless Metro for mouse and keyboard.
Well...I think those are going to be fixed, especially since we're still in Release Preview and not the final thing.
Honestly, I agree windows 8 isn't that bad but it's not perfect I'm a windows expert so I always tend to look deep inside the OS :P alright so three problems and 1 of them is game related and hopefully it is fixed. The problem is if you click on the bottom left screen, it'll initiate the Metro UI and you fix it by pressing the Windows ley on the keyboard. So that's the problem when it comes to games. The second problem is metro UI itself it's extremely useful for touch screens but the classic mouse is not as useful. Hopefully the installer will allow consumers to choose to install metro UI or the classic desktop. There is a registry edit you can do to make it start on desktop but the metro UI will always be bugged if you do. 3RD and big one, IE10 has a built in Flash, however it only works on selective sites, Screwattack isn't one of them. Also google chrome isn't compatible with windows 8 it freezes the OS if doing heavy load.
THAT'S MY POINT!!!!!
I'll be passing on Windows 8; mostly because of the Metro interface.
I own a Windows Phone, and whilst I do believe that Metro is absolutely awesome on a touch screen, it's just that -- a touch screen. I've used the Developer Preview and Consumer Preview of Windows 8, and all I've found it to do is get in the way of my general computing. The fact that I can't use a standard start menu is really annoying, too. Everything's larger to compensate for the fact that fingers aren't pixel perfect, which means more wasted screen real estate which means the further you have to move your mouse in order to do basic tasks.
This might seem like a small complaint but it's pretty large when grouped with the fact that (From the last two previews) the start menu had no folders or organisation. It went from Metro apps to things that you've pinned to a general mess of shit that you've installed. Once you install something that has a lot of Start menu icons (like the ADK, WP SDK, etc.) it just becomes a pigsty
Also, a little niche issue that I have is when you change unicode settings, a lot of system programs change to that language. Makes your computer look messy when you have an OS that mixes two languages together in the most unsightly way possible.
The Store is an option not a requirement. People need to chill out. Everyone acts like it's going to be totally locked down but that is simply not the case.
They will not allow a key to have mutiuse purpose. They never have and it has been a big contention with cloud networks. Onlive felt the sting when they scaped the big MS with MS 's support (the tech has been there for years). Off topic, there is a lander on mars that has a 10% success rate that will be landing 11:30pm CST ON MARS AUG 5th
That is, IF Microsoft allows multi-upgrades with a single key...and I plan to do the same thing, provided I can download both 32 and 64 bits.
...and I JUST posted (though it's not picked up by SA) an article about Notch's stance on it, too...
It will the first change to the layout of Windows as we know it since Windows 95, it's long overdue. Hell I remember them experimenting with a 3D desktop back when XP was still codenamed "Longhorn"
I'm going to do the upgrade on my laptop, if it works well then I'll do it to my Desktop as well. The update is stupid stupid cheap in comparison to years past, I've got faith in this.
I agree 100%. The problem currently is nobody wants to bend to that. If they did, they would be Apple or Android. The war has started and Linux is the last safe haven. Ouya is the console haven, but is going to become a mess in and of itself on the Android Google platform. Inide is going to die without a big up front payment. Either pay or never be shown. Console war is over. It's a mosh pit of consumer interest.