Reply to post: @kryptylomese:"Windows 7 was liked by gamers"

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

Paul Shirley

@kryptylomese:"Windows 7 was liked by gamers"

Win7 was loved by gamers for 2 reasons:

1: MS withheld DX10 from XP and DX10 brought significant improvements to game rendering, small improvements to rendering speed. Driver support was also focussed on it rather than XP so of course gamers flocked to where the new shinies were.

2: Finally we had a 64bit OS that didn't mean abandoning waste swathes of existing software, unlike the incompatible disaster XP64 was. Machines finally able to use more than 3.5Gb of installed RAM and very occasionally the performance bump of 64bit game builds.

The rest of it, not so much loved as damned with faint 'it's less buggy' praise.

If you've been paying attention MS are trying the same thing with DX12 on Win10 right now, to lure the gamers onto their unloved platform.

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