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Overwolf to Make PC Games Playable on Win 8 Atom Tablets

By - Source: Overwolf Press Release | B 27 comments

Overwolf and Intel are working together to make every PC game playable on Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets.

Typically when you mention PC gaming, it doesn't bring up visions of World of Warcraft locally installed and running on a tablet. But with Intel and Microsoft gearing up to invade the scene with Atom-based Windows 8 tablets later this year, lugging around our favorite MMORPGs and shooters won't be a figment of our imagination. Still, how will they play without the trusty mouse and keyboard?

Overwolf is working on such a solution. The company announced during GDC 2012 a new collaboration with Intel to help make PC games playable on Windows 8 tablets. Little else was said about the touch-based solution save for that a fully functional demo will be introduced to the public during the conference.

"We found it frustrating that while tablets can technically run games smoothly, many games aren’t playable because they’re designed to be played using a mouse and a keyboard, and not a touch interface," said Uri Marchand, CEO of Overwolf. "In the near future, owners of Intel Atom processor-based Windows tablets will be able play PC games they install on their machine, after installing Overwolf. We feel that this will have a huge impact on tablet purchasing decisions made by gamers."

As seen in the video below, the user taps on the Overwolf app which launches a virtual Windows 7 desktop. Inside is what appears to be World of Warcraft and the Overwolf toolset, the latter of which includes means to take screenshots, movies, chat on Skype, chat on Facebook and more within the virtual desktop (and WoW itself). Overwolf also provides in-game overlays that allow the user to move the character, rotate the camera, configure hotkeys, chat within the game and more.

"We’re committed to delivering industry leading compute performance on our Intel Atom processor platforms to provide the very best gaming experience on tablets," said René Torres, Director of Marketing, Mobile Communications Group at Intel. "Overwolf’s technology introduces a sleek and flexible solution that provides a great gaming experience in multiple gaming genres and truly brings PC gaming to tablets in a whole new way."

The public launch of the product is expected later this year. Both Overwolf and Intel are working to make every PC game playable on Intel-powered Windows tablets, Intel said. We've requested for more information from Overwolf about how all of this will work, so stay tuned. In the meantime, have fun with the demo video below.

PC games on a tablet, by Overwolf

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    warezme , March 9, 2012 12:37 PM
    hmmm, how's that screen gonna work after, sweat, cheetos, snickers goo and last nights debris from that asian porn site you found???? EWE....
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    vviikkrraanntt , March 9, 2012 12:11 PM
    This is seriously awesome, finally some true games on tablet but i wonder how overwolf is going to make controls playable.
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    warezme , March 9, 2012 12:37 PM
    hmmm, how's that screen gonna work after, sweat, cheetos, snickers goo and last nights debris from that asian porn site you found???? EWE....
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    Memnarchon , March 9, 2012 12:56 PM
    WOW on tablet? I really wanna see someone trying to raid with some addons on a difficult boss using a tablet /grab popcorn xD.
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    DjEaZy , March 9, 2012 1:01 PM
    ... why virtual Windows 7 desktop? Why not a real one...? Metro UI sux!!!
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    CaedenV , March 9, 2012 1:10 PM
    I'm not huge on tablets or big on MMOs, but that commercial was awesome :) 
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    demosthenes81 , March 9, 2012 2:09 PM
    I wonder if Fear Factory and M.C. hammer got paid for their music in that ad. Other than that it seems interesting but I hate touchscreen gaming (G.T.A. III on my moto xoom for example) but if they make it universally friendly it will work for some people id love to play SWTOR on the jon.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2012 2:39 PM
    I have come out of this gesture based and overlay interface idea a year back. Wish I have patented that idea and now I can sue... Haha.
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    waethorn , March 9, 2012 4:07 PM
    Sorry, but "gaming" and "Atom" shouldn't be in the same sentence together. What they were showing was likely the Samsung Core i5 tablets used for the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Unless they start developing their own cloud gaming service, I'll hold out for AMD's tablet chips with superior graphics, thank you very much!
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    dalethepcman , March 9, 2012 5:09 PM
    Adding usable controls still doesn't make 90% of games playable on an atom. If your computer sucks to start with, adding thumb controls won't make it magically run 60 fps.

    I have a much easier solution for anyone interested in tablet gaming. WIDI + Wii controller / mouse.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2012 5:14 PM
    I'm pretty sure anyone who is heavy enough into gaming that they need a mobile solution for playing an MMO already has a gaming laptop. If that's not the case and you really want to start using a mobile solution for playing an MMO.... Get a gaming laptop. ;) 
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    upgrade_1977 , March 9, 2012 7:02 PM
    Well, hopefully their solution will work with future hardware with better specs, and hopefully Alienware will start making tablets soon. Either way, most windows tablets have usb outs or bluetooth don't they? They should make a detachable keyboard and mouse.
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    memadmax , March 9, 2012 7:20 PM
    Or better yet, bluetooth enabled game controllers.....
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    Uberragen21 , March 9, 2012 8:10 PM
    I wonder (and hope) if this works on more games than just WoW?
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    chumly , March 9, 2012 8:52 PM
    You can make a UI for anything! WASD movements can be moved to the gyro, but something needs to be done so that one hand is free at all times for touchscreen interface. Also Kinect style movement recognition would be great if you could get your face to interact with a cursor on the screen.

    Realistically, I don't see MMO's and FPS games playable without peripherals, however RTS games are a different story.
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    danwat1234 , March 9, 2012 9:18 PM
    If they can get x86 games to run, they can get x86 productivity software to run, right? some Matlab, visual studio, Mshaft Word, ..
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    joytech22 , March 9, 2012 9:21 PM

    You'll be able to control the game well but when it comes to performance it'll flop.
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    COLGeek , March 9, 2012 10:27 PM
    I suspect many will expect much more from this tech than it is able to deliver. Besides, how hard core can you get on an Atom processor (no answer is required)?
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    Saljen , March 9, 2012 10:52 PM
    danwat1234If they can get x86 games to run, they can get x86 productivity software to run, right? some Matlab, visual studio, Mshaft Word, ..

    You realize that Intel Atom is an x86 platform, right? Also, this is not a "virtual Windows 7 desktop". Windows 8 has a Windows 8 Desktop outside of Metro... You've used Windows 8, right Tom's? Because saying this is a virtual Windows 7 desktop is just blatantly wrong.
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    digiex , March 9, 2012 11:44 PM
    Playing games on atom? Are you serious?
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    knowom , March 10, 2012 12:14 AM
    I'd rather just stream a game from a game pc using remote desktop to a android phone or tablet instead and be able to use any current gen console input device or mouse and keyboard bluetooth or usb wireless which can connect via HDMI at 1080P to a hdtv.

    I'm sorry, but Atom doesn't have the graphics power or cpu power to run most modern games on a quality settings, but you can stream a game like Skyrim to a android tablet no problem. Still AMD's portable devices provide the best on the go experience if you need to game on the go.

    Now if you just want something for at home and leisure purposes the android thing works perfectly well if not better then a comparable low end AMD or Intel solution would provided you all ready have a game PC in your household and just want to be able to stream it to your tablet or hdtv while entertaining guests or around the house in general.
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