Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 8

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According to a report by TechRadar, Microsoft could be eying gaming as a big focus for the forthcoming Windows 8. TechRadar claims that "the software giant [is] ready to put its weight behind the platform once more."

Microsoft has also hired Rahul Sood, who came over from Hewlett-Packard and Voodoo PC and is also the guy that blogged that Microsoft scrapped plans for PC and Xbox 360 cross-platform multiplayer because "the console players got destroyed every time" sparking Internet arguments about controllers versus mouse & keyboard.

Last month, Microsoft launched a redesigned Games for Windows Marketplace, which sells digital games and downloadable content. Microsoft's biggest competition will obviously be Valve's Steam platform, which is currently the undisputed king of PC gaming.

Microsoft has quite a large mountain to climb, especially after Games for Windows LIVE.

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    December 23, 2010 3:03 PM

    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 95
    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 98
    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows ME
    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows XP
    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows Vista
    Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 8

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      December 23, 2010 3:03 PM

      Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 7 as well

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      December 23, 2010 3:16 PM

      Perfectly put. I was thinking, "Haven't I heard this before? More than once?"

      "Games for Windows, etc."

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      December 23, 2010 3:31 PM

      but they are serious this time =P

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      December 23, 2010 4:39 PM

      I thought this all sounded kind of familiar.

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        December 23, 2010 5:07 PM

        Nice pun...they did fuck up with the hardware acceleration for sound with Vista and Windows 7.

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      December 23, 2010 5:11 PM

      Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Microsoft Bob 2.0

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      December 23, 2010 5:11 PM

      Honestly, I'd prefer if they didn't "focus on gaming". It seems like every time they do, they hurt gaming in general. My favorite "focus on gaming" moment was Vista/DX10/Alan Wake and FSX as PC DX10 powerhouses. FSX took quite a while to get any DX10 support, which didn't add much anyway, and then Aces got laid off. Alan Wake went from PC showcase to X360 exclusive. If that is focusing on PC gaming, I wish they wouldn't.

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      December 23, 2010 5:24 PM

      95 was a pretty good jump from windows 3.x
      XP was a good jump from 95
      maybe they can repeat this with win8

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        December 24, 2010 10:12 AM

        Win7 was a good jump from XP.

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      December 23, 2010 6:15 PM

      They been repeating this pity agenda several times now,so why don't they first do something to prove they truly support PC gaming.I guess Apple's recent growth in gaming and Valve dominance in digital distribution really hurting MS.

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      December 23, 2010 10:08 PM

      People kicked and screamed when XP came out and now people kicked and screamed for Vista in terms of Gaming.

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      December 23, 2010 10:30 PM

      Absolutely the truth. Every version of Windows is supposedly focusing on the gamer. "This is it, guys! THIS IS THE WINDOWS WHERE WE'RE ALL ABOUT THE GAMER!"

      Hell, they said that with WIndows 7 and that was when they stopped even bothering to port their first party 360 titles to PC. Not even after years of release. Not even after sequels to said games were made on 360. Not even when they're made by famous PC-centric developers (Epic, Remedy).

      How a company that stripped PC gaming to the bone to build its own gaming efforts can continually declare it's focusing on PC gaming is beyond me. They must have GIANT balls of steel. It's a wonder people don't just kick them in the nads everytime they walk down the street for the gall.

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      December 24, 2010 1:17 AM

      This time, basically what they are saying is that a new XBOX is in the works. :-D

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        December 26, 2010 3:44 PM

        windows 8 is the nextbox os

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        December 28, 2010 2:23 PM

        I agree. If Microsoft wants it's next "console" to be competitive, it's going to have to recognize that there is a convergence occurring among all the various network-enabled boxes in the living room.

        There should be one box that combines all of the following:

        Cable box
        DVR
        Wireless internet access
        Wired ethernet port
        Web browsing
        Blu-ray
        Games
        Connectivity and source switching for other sources and devices, including:
        HDMI in
        USB 3.0
        Bluetooth

        With all of that functionality, said box might as well be thought of as a home-theater PC.