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Top 7 Reasons for PC Gamers to Get Windows 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 83 comments

Yes, it will run Crysis.

With Windows 7 now finished, Microsoft's next challenge is to drive adoption. Those with high performance PCs made for gaming will only switch if there is a decent incentive to do so. While the nice Aero effects and new taskbar are reason enough for some of us who spend most of our time working on our PCs, gamers will need a little bit more.

Microsoft's Games for Windows site lists the following seven reasons for a PC gamer to get Windows 7:

1 - Performance
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.

2 - Compatibility
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.

3 - Discoverability
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 multitouch 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.

7 - Classics
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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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 4:35 PM
    I wasn't going to get Windows 7, but now that I know it will have Internet Checkers I think I will have to rethink my decision!
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 4:33 PM
    yantelopeDirect X 11 will be compatible with Vista so I'm not sure why this is listed.

    I think they are focusing mostly on XP users. People who upgraded to Vista already probably do not need as much convincing to get Win 7.
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    vertigo_2000 , July 23, 2009 4:30 PM
    Items 3, 5, 6 and 7 are not really selling features if you ask me. Yet another advertisement in disguise.

    Thanks Tom's.
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    yantelope , July 23, 2009 4:27 PM
    Direct X 11 will be compatible with Vista so I'm not sure why this is listed.
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    vertigo_2000 , July 23, 2009 4:30 PM
    Items 3, 5, 6 and 7 are not really selling features if you ask me. Yet another advertisement in disguise.

    Thanks Tom's.
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    gwolfman , July 23, 2009 4:32 PM
    Quote:
    Yes, it will run Crysis.

    Are you sure!?!
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 4:33 PM
    yantelopeDirect X 11 will be compatible with Vista so I'm not sure why this is listed.

    I think they are focusing mostly on XP users. People who upgraded to Vista already probably do not need as much convincing to get Win 7.
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    gwolfman , July 23, 2009 4:33 PM
    Sorry for double post, but this seems like a nice feature:
    Quote:
    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.
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 4:35 PM
    I wasn't going to get Windows 7, but now that I know it will have Internet Checkers I think I will have to rethink my decision!
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 4:36 PM
    fck who will play Internet Backgammon, Internet Spades, and Internet Checkers ??
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    Judguh , July 23, 2009 4:37 PM
    I would like to see proof for #1.
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    griffed88 , July 23, 2009 4:40 PM
    i'll have to wait and see benchmarks before I believe a MS marketing ploy that says games will run better than on XP lol
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    etrnl_frost , July 23, 2009 4:46 PM
    Number 3 is useless to all Steam users. In fact, if it starts to implement Live in too much of an integrated fashion, it could conflict with Steam, much as Live already does.
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    cadder , July 23, 2009 4:54 PM
    Make it run Descent and I'm in!
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    cekasone , July 23, 2009 5:01 PM
    I am happy with my Vista Ultimate 64bit. "Don't fix it if it isn't broken"
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    jimishtar , July 23, 2009 5:05 PM
    win 7 is more optimized for multi-core systems. that's the reason why most games will play better on win 7 than on XP.
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    formin , July 23, 2009 5:06 PM
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    2 - Compatibility .... SHOULD work FABULOUSLY in Windows 7.

    im not liking the use of the work should and fabulously
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    Netherscourge , July 23, 2009 5:08 PM
    Windows 7 boots up and shuts down faster then any previous Windows OS.


    That's pretty huge if you ask me - why did they not mention that?
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    vivekkurup , July 23, 2009 5:14 PM
    Quote:
    To quote a coworker: 'Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!'


    He forgot to mention that the Xp machine was running a GeForce 7200 and the Win7 machine a GeForce 280GTX.
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    nurgletheunclean , July 23, 2009 5:19 PM
    As long as it uses that bloated winsxs directory it's still broken. Here would be my reasons to switch.
    *WTV conversion works.
    *TRIM for SSDs.
    *winsxs replaced by virtualization (like it was supposed to be).
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    coolkev99 , July 23, 2009 5:23 PM
    Show me the [del]money[/del] benchmarks.
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    Aerobernardo , July 23, 2009 5:25 PM
    They said the same thing about Vista and then again about 64bit OS'...

    Will we be able to play Full Throttle too? Still on Xp till I see Crysis on it and M$ Dosbox.
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    coffeeproblem , July 23, 2009 5:27 PM
    "The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7"

    I would like to know how considering PunkBuster has refused to offer support for Windows 7 until it goes retail. Every game I've got that I play online requires this to run, and as far as I can tell, Even Balance has yet to comment on anything in public since last year.
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