200w ago - Today (via IGN, linked above) Microsoft offers its top seven reasons for a PC gamer to get the new operating system this October:
To quote a coworker: 'Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!'. Code for the OS has been optimized for better all around performance for games. Whatever you're playing now should be a better experience in Windows 7.
The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7, so you should not worry about Windows 7 breaking your games. Feel free to move to Windows 7 because whatever you're playing now should work fabulously in Windows 7.
You can use Start -> Search to find any game you just downloaded or installed. No need to launch a separate application. Likewise, you won't need to launch a game to get more info about it: The Windows 7 Games Explorer can show you in-game statistics within a preview pane plus delivers up-to-date info about your favorite game publishers and gives you the opportunity to try new games.
4) Easy updates
The new Games Explorer will notify you whenever updates are available for your games so you don't have to go searching for them yourself or have to launch the game to see if there's an update waiting.
5) DirectX 11 support
DirectX 11 means better games, pure and simple, with more advanced features for games to use.
6) Multitouch support
An increasing number of gamers are using mutltouch devices. Windows 7 supports multitouch-capable machines, so you can buy the latest and greatest multitouch laptop or desktop confident it's going to work in Windows 7.
Here's a bonus reason for you: Windows 7 is going to bring back Internet Backgammon, Internet Spades, and Internet Checkers because you can't spend all your time hardcore.
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Honestly i ran both beta and rc windows 7, and it ran games drastically worse then with xp on the same machine. No doubt that win7 is much better then vista in many respects...but games was the only area that win7 had trouble and did not impress me.
In CSS i went from a consistant 70 fps in XP to no higher then 30fps in windows 7, and the gameplay was choppy and seemed to lag more (on the same hardware).
I chalked it up to immature video drivers for windows 7...
I have to agree with another persons point about compiz (in Ubuntu)... same if not better 3d visual elements on the desktop...but it doesnt hog resources to use.
While windows 7 is better with resources... it still is a huge install. Ubuntu 9.04 takes up aprox 2.5gb fresh install.
I just wish that MS would realize that there is a large segment of people out there who want a solid, not flashy, OS that is fast and resource efficient. Either that or i wish another company would make a true alternative to windows thats light weight... windows compatible without all the junk.
This is why people have clinged to XP for so long. You can still buy new computers with XP on it, thats just crazy and yet MS doesnt get it.
I haven't kept up with win7, let alone directx 11 will debut at the same time. I really want to see the different with dx10 vs dx11, I know its going to be big but I still wanna see it for myself. What suck is that I've only owned my geforce 285gtx for less than a yr and I'm going to have to upgrade from that if a game I like is on dx11 >.
The thing that I like about 7 is that is has a XP mode. Its great that the new OS can play all of the new games without you hitting your head trying to get them to work, but I still have a large collection of older games that I still love to play and tend not to work on newer systems. There are a number of games from the 95-98 era that I really loved to play, but when I try to run them in XP, they just crash. I wish they would have built XP with better backwards capability.