prahaps that should be force everyone to buy it...
anyway there are alot of people going on about the fact they will not get windows 8 but unfortunetly microsoft have a way of making everyone buy windows 8
its quite simple
direct 3d 12 windows 8 only
now everyone has to buy windows 8 (at least when dx12 only games/games that look better in dx12 start rolling out)
Don't remember if it was dx 10 or 11 (assuming it was 10) that cutoff support for XP, but it only meant that games continued to be released as Dx9 and severely crippled the adoption of Dx10/11.
If people don't like the OS, they aren't going to buy windows 8 only games. All through the vista days, only a handful of games were released without dx9 support, which just meant their games would fail.
Dx12 is a somewhat tempting selling point to me as a gamer (and someone who owns a 3d monitor, which msft is trying to integrate into dx12), however, making it Windows8 only just means that so few games will support it in the next 2 years that it won't be worth it.
Also, DX12 only makes a relatively minor improvement to Direct3d, certainly there are some good changes, but nothing mind-blowing. Frankly at this point, I don't think mind-blowing graphics (3d aside) are possible, as the average graphics are very high level of realism, it's going to take alot more than support for a few new GPU effects to really bring people in.
Wow, first set of posts I've seen about Windows 8 that wasn't just complete crying and bltching about the new Metro UI.
I don't think Microsoft really has to convince everybody to switch to Windows 8 on their PC. The way I see it, Windows 8 isn't for PC only anyway; they're marketing all form factors with Windows 8 like tablets, phones, Xbox and other mobile/touch devices right? I mean they can have enough success in the mobile/touch devices with the Metro UI to be able to experiment with Metro's adoption in the PC segment. If it doesn't workout, then they have the ability and resources to rethink their approach to the PC UI and leave Metro for the devices for which it was successful.
You can do all the research and testing in the f***ing world, but no results are as true as actual production results. If you don't like the Metro UI, then don't upgrade to it. But the direction Microsoft is trying to take with an OS that can adapt to all form factors is an idea I really like. I think there's real potential there and this may be the best method Microsofts thinks it can introduce the idea into the wild. They can always revert back, but there's only one way to try something new...
when trying something new i dont think its a good idea to change your main product to this new idea...
actualy microsoft try all your new silly ideas on your main product people will hate you for it and start looking for alternatives and you will have to go back to your old ways (selling your os dirt cheap like when you first started out)