Windows 10: Things Gamers Should Know

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With Microsoft preparing to launch the much vaunted Windows 10, gamers are already wondering how to get the best out of the operating system. Microsoft is already promoting the fact that Windows 10 is the best operating system it has ever produced, and considering that it has also stated that it will be the last ever fully-fledged version of Windows, this would certainly be a necessity for the software giant.

Windows 10 – gaming features

One of the most interesting new aspects of Windows 10 is its integration with Xbox and support for DirectX 12. These two new elements are expected to deliver a significant impact on gaming, with the updates promising to improve gaming performance by as much as 50 percent. The proof will be very much in the pudding with this particular aspect of Windows 10, but this proposal will certainly be encouraging for those who consider PC gaming to be the ultimate form of video gaming.

Windows 10 also promises to deliver a unified shopping experience across multiple devices with the new Windows Store. Users will reportedly be able to easily browse and purchase various Microsoft products from the store, such as games, apps, movies, music and TV shows. It is clear that Microsoft has considered the niche that Windows 10 is aimed at quite diligently, and it certainly appears to be an operating system that will appeal to gamers.

But just because Windows 10 offers these new gaming features does not necessarily mean that all PC users should automatically upgrade. There are several aspects to take into consideration before making the leap to the new software, so here are some of the video gaming aspects of Windows 10 that gamers should take into consideration.

Keeping informed

Microsoft firstly advises people considering an upgrade to Windows 10 to keep informed with all of the new features of the software. Although Microsoft has repeatedly claimed that this is the greatest ever operating system that it has produced, users would still be advised to locate as much information about Windows 10 as possible and consider the consequences of it. Microsoft attempts to provide information regarding the specifications required to run on Windows 10, but the experiences of other users are always valuable.

System requirements

It is essential to check that your particular machine meets the system requirements of Windows 10. Installing the operating system and finding out that it will not run adequately on your particular setup will certainly be irritating, and this is something that gamers should definitely avoid. It is important to note that there are different system requirements depending on the particular device that you are utilizing, but these can be checked online quite easily.

DirectX 12 and the Xbox

Gamers will certainly reflect on the exciting new features that Windows 10 is delivering. According to Microsoft, DirectX 12 will produce high-end graphics and can improve performance of your games, even without hardware upgrades. Thus, Microsoft asserts that Windows 10 will fundamentally improve the PC gaming experience. And considering that the latest Windows upgrade will also feature a new Xbox application, there will be a variety of new ways for players to connect and play with existing systems.

Among the interesting features included in Windows 10 is the compatibility of the Xbox Game DVR, with cross-device multiplayer accessibility and Xbox One game streaming to a Windows 10 PC. It will also be possible for users to utilize Xbox controllers on the PC by purchasing the wireless adapter that is already available.

Hardware drivers

Hardware manufacturers have already produced a wide range of drivers that are said to be compatible with Windows 10. But there are undoubtedly many items of hardware that are yet to be fully compatible with the new operating system. Before installing a new version of Windows, users can establish whether drivers that they wish to utilize our compatible with the software. This will ensure that hardware stability remains intact.

Archival

In order to ensure smooth gaming, Microsoft has advised users to archive their files and create a backup copy of their system. On Windows 10, this can be achieved via an external hard drive, or by uploading any important files to OneDrive. Microsoft also offers a wide variety of support pages for Windows 10 that provide more information on keeping files safe, just in case you are unsure about this process.

Games and apps

A key aspect of Windows 10 is the new Windows Store, and this will definitely deliver a wide range of new applications and games. New Windows 10 users will unquestionably want to browse the Windows store, as many new games and apps are coming to Windows 10. The Minecraft franchise has already announced a Windows 10 version, and other major software developers will follow suit in the coming weeks. Microsoft may even offer discounts to get people on board with this hub as quickly as possible.

There is also an unofficial community list that can assist you with the question of whether older PC titles will be compatible with this new Windows software.

Support

Finally, we have all experienced problems with computers at some point, regardless of our particular level of competence, thus seeking technical expertise can often be critical. Gamers in particular my experience questions before, during and after the Windows 10 installation process. So before you begin upgrading, it is valuable to know how to acquire assistance should something go awry during the installation process.

Firstly, the Windows Community Forum is a wealth of useful information, and it is worthwhile for all Windows 10 gamers to bookmark the forum before attempting to install the new operating system. Additionally, if you need any further help during installation, Microsoft will offer chat support on July 29, When Windows 10 is released, that should ensure that all users are able to install and run the new software without hindrance.

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Christopher Morris
Christopher Morris is a passionate player of video games since the days of Space Invaders, and is extensively published on the subjects of Business, Technology and Politics. Chris also contributes to Yahoo.

62 Comments on "Windows 10: Things Gamers Should Know"

  1. Like I said it wont take advantage of DX12 it’ll work but a lot of features of DX12 won’t function on older hardware

  2. is hard when you tried to be nice with the Linux community and they trashed your bug reports and post.
    they threated me like a b or maybe is because they dont have enough people.

  3. Borderlands, Metro, Bioshock, Shadow Of Mordor, Dying Light, Civ, XCOM, Total War, all the Valve Games, all the Indie games.

    With Evolve, Tomb Raider, Alien Isolation, Deus Ex, Payday, GRID, Dirt, Arkham Knight, Company of Heroes, Thief, Sleeping Dogs, and many more coming wouldn’t be surprised if that included GTA and Fallout 4. That BS only goes so far, SteamOS demolishes consoles when it comes to gaming libraries and it’s not even out yet.

  4. If you have an NVIDIA GTX 780Ti it won’t take advantage of DX12, nothing below Maxwell will. Look it up, you’re the troll.

  5. Most of what he said was fact though, you’re the only troll here.

  6. your mean nothing too ;)

  7. Another MSFT troll spreading disinformation that even MSFT disagrees with…not to mention the very article they are replying on. You really suck at this.

  8. Do you know what an API is? OpenGL Next is being designed for everything from the ground up and unlike DX12 it will include computing as well as graphics coding to streamline it and also allow for direct conversions. With AMD and Nvidia also on the design team AND with the intention of making it so their graphics cards/CPUs take full advantage of it will make their drivers work better on Linux. Not to mention the fact that there are 2 new versions of Linux coming out for the mainstream being built around new CPU/GPU architecture.

  9. Your opinion means nothing since the biggest companies on the planet disagree.

  10. As your previous posts have preceded, you have nothing to say so why are you here?

  11. See, you are not getting it at all. What else is there to say.?

  12. Just what false premise was that may I ask?

  13. If you start with false premise that you are not stupid than yes.

  14. Wouldn’t that make you enormously stupid as well? You don’t comment on things outside your own comprehension. When you do, you apparently don’t comprehend the comment, stray off topic, and have no useful input to the comment you say is stupid.

    Now if you want adjust your mentality and try to counter anything I said in a intellectual conversation, or debate if you will, I am game. Needless to say I am not going to hold my breath.

  15. Only at enormously stupid ones.

  16. Do you normally comment on people’s comments and not have a clue about sales and statistics?

  17. Linux is fun to learn. Best thing about Linux is that most of the Linux Version OS’s are free to download and are Open Source Programs. Many can operate via flash drive, CD/DVD Drive as ISO Image, or as I’ve done in the past partition the hard drive and have both Windows and Linux on my computers. Most of the programs out in the Linux world are free to download and use. There are various communities people will gladly help you answer questions. Such as linux.org. Generally Linux Systems require less memory to function properly. I find machines running Linux to be faster than those running on Windows. I’ve taken older machines that were slow or crashing and installed a Linux OS on them, and they’ve gained new life with usability, speed and efficiency.

  18. I’ve always heard that any one who buys a new OS before service pack one is really a beta tester not a customer because it’ll be all the problems those suckers report that are fixed in the 1st service pack.

    As for me, at this point since I’m learning scripting and programing anyway i’m thinking about learning how to use Linux. For me personally Windows 8 missed the mark so hard from windows 7 that i’m not personally willing to even give windows 10 a fair chance. And the OS used by apple industries is even worse. So it may come to a point where I just do it my self after mastering my programing abilities.

  19. thanks that’s good to know.

  20. OK, we’ll just burn few witches and sacrifice few goats and all will be fine.

  21. Yes you can and very easy too, Back to 8.1 too.

  22. Excuse me but do you know what you are talking about ?

  23. thanks, it’s funny one of my updates that I checked out earlier today was win11 for win7-64 bit. It has always failed in the past to complete download, but today it did fine, I just don’t get it. Then up popped update for KB3035583 and this is in connection for win10. I let that one alone for now.

  24. Good evening, Brandon.

    As a programmer I can tell you that OpenCL has nothing do with gaming specifically. Vulkan is new standard that adds Mantle acceleration to what was to be the next version of OpenGL.

    OpenGL is very much alive, and used everywhere, consoles, phones, tablets, and every PC that does not run only Windows. The only one headed for the graveyard is DirectX, if DirectX 12 does not make good on its promises.

    Microsoft’s share of the market is shrinking every day. That is why Windows 10 is “free” and DirectX 12 tries to copy Mantle and Vulkan.

  25. There isn’t going to be a sub-plan for Home/Pro users. I think I have stated very solid market indicators that can be researched to understand that. A sub-plan for Microsoft in the next seven years will be the end of the Microsoft as I stated.

  26. LOL moron you don’t need a new card and Nvidia Fermi or newer as well as most of the newer AMD cards are DX 12 compatible once it ships. Go back to your bridge troll.

  27. Get constant video driver crashes running games at settings was running on 8.1 with an AMD card. We are working with a beta OS and beta drivers, give it a month and we will have more stable ones guaranteed. Right now it seems like the DX 11 games are causing a heavier GPU load but otherwise dropped a few settings and still able to play Witcher and other games in collection.

  28. Someone else who actually knows something!

  29. That’s unlikely as hell as you can go into BIOS and bypass windows, stop posting trollish info if you don’t have a link to back up your ridiculous BS.

  30. Most businesses will most likely buy the Enterprise version which will allow for one time purchase vs sub plan which is what Home will be.

  31. Depends on the version you get… There are options to go either way depending on which, but I believe they are going to make Home ed subscription based.

  32. Except when new games come out your SLI set up still won’t utilize DX 12, and you’ll be forced to run everything at minimalist settings to maintain any semblance of performance. I’ve been using win 10 preview for a long while now, and yes there are issues but it’s far more than 8.1 with a sleeker interface. Within the next month or two we will have properly optimized drivers released by AMD and Nvidia, as the current drivers aren’t super stable but we are talking about a beta version of the OS so we have to be patient. Also COD & ESO doesn’t make you a “gamer” if anything just a fanboy as those wouldn’t be considered “hardcore” by the majority of PC gamers.

  33. yes it has already been reported that 10 shuts down SLi, people have reported losing their 2nd monitors as well. It’s always the same thing new OS’s. Not everyone is on the same page between manufacturers and software companies. I’ve always recommended to people asking me if they should upgrade right away, to wait. Bugs will be identified in the thousands at the beginning of the launch. By waiting, active hardware and software manufacturers along with Windows can catch up to each other. As far as the cost question for the new operating system, everything I’ve read stated it’s a free download the first year for those using 7 or 8.1. After the 1st year of launch there will be a charge. There will be several versions available for upgrade Home, Pro, etc..including Enterprise version. Download on the launch date, at your own peril. My opinion is merely a suggestion.

  34. richard schulte | Jul 26, 2015, 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm |

    if win 10 is the new win XP then try running Freelancer on it.

  35. Most of Windows OS changes, you may want to wait longer than a few days. I’ve always suggested to those about to install a new Windows OS, to wait months. This lets as many manufacturers and software companies to catch up to the bug fixes. It’s just a practice I apply.

  36. If your a gamer and running SLI. DO NOT UPGRADE. It is broke, and you will not be gaming after the up date. Seems MS is trying to force everyone to use their junk drivers. I am a gamer and I don’t care. NO WINBLOWS 10 for me. I was part of the insider program and once I saw it was nothing more then Windows 8.1 with some new tricks. Lasted 3 hours and format done. Game On. You Mr. Morris are not a true GAMER. Looking for games in the app store. LMFAO! Go get a life. Now excuse me while I go play COD and Elder Scrolls Online. You should of just said the one thing gamers need to know, and that is DO NOT UPGRADE. LAMERZ!

  37. Windows 10 according to email I have from MS is going to be run as a SERVICE.

  38. Sorry but AMD and nvidia drivers in linux suck. SteamOS will be in trouble because no AAA are avaible in linux and i’m pretty sure that Batman will be 30FPS locked and broken in SteamOS

  39. Linux can run off a flash drive you can load Linux up regardless of what is on your hard drive.That being said i will never put 10 on my hard drive PERIOD i WILL KEEP 7.))

  40. OpenGL sucks…….. and No the industry is not sick………… troller.

  41. With Automatic updates it is already a no go.I mean if you don’t have a choice than there is no reason at all why any gamer should get Windows 10.And I am still trying to figure out what is wrong with 7.I mean I am a gamer and never had a problem with 7.it should of been the last operating system from Microsoft.7 is the best and i will not be jumping on the band wagon.10 is going to be there downfall.))))))

  42. Link or you’re FOS. I’m not agreeing with the OP, but I’ve not seen this info anywhere.

  43. If you’re shopping for games in the Windows store; you’re not a gamer.

  44. Here is a good debunk here and that is the current market isn’t going to let that happen. The number one used operating system (overall) in the world right now is Android (Linux). A majority of new gaming engines are designed to run on cross platform (using both OpenGL/Vulkan for one and Mantle or DX12 for the other).

    It would be the worse case of corporate suicide in America’s history if Windows went to a sub-based operating system while the market remains as it is. Microsoft is embracing an Open Source mentality, which means they are not willing to put the shotgun to their heads yet.

    If they ever do go sub-based, they are going to wait for Android to slip and Microsoft gobble up mobile and tablet. At the rate things are looking, this just isn’t going to work out for them right now. I would put my money that they will develop something new and come back to the gaming industry after, if it is still an industry then.

  45. Debunk this: is the Windows 10 going to be a subscription-based updates system, or is it going to be “buy the product once and get free updates”?

  46. OpenGL is dead? OpenGL Next was at E3 and shown off by Blizzard, Valve, Epic, Oculus VR(all of its Oculus rift games are made with it), EA and Nvidia…over 200 tech and gaming companies are making it and that includes Sony, Unity, Intel, AMD and Google and Apple.
    With Intel, AMD and Nvidia incorporating it all into their hardware and Google and Apple both stating that they are going to push it as their API…haha.

    The industry is sick of MSFT and its trying to control the market.

    BTW its called Vulkan now, not OpenGL…and unlike DX12, Vulkan combines graphics and computing which is why the companies are saying its already 25% more powerful than the DX12 API they have. Its a complete redesign of what an API is.

  47. thats kind of like what the PC did to Syberia, part 1 is in 3 installs. Just another ripoff.

  48. well I have shut my updates off, and I think I’ll wait just a few days for the install, after I have had a chance to read everyone’s comments. Or complaints I should say.

  49. your right I read that article yesterday, and it seems there were no answers.

  50. I have made it a point to read every story about win10 and I haven’t seen anything that stated we could go back to win7.

  51. i read somewhere that bigfoot exists and can travel between the third and fourth dimension. Doesnt make it true. The FAQ on the microsoft website said you could rollback to windows 7 if you took the “free upgrade” and decided it wasnt for you.

  52. JoseJavierFlores | Jul 26, 2015, 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm |

    I’m pretty sure that that’s a huge load of bul . You can just use a bootable Live CD of Gparted and wipe that clean. And plus, if you take out the hard drive/SSD, you can use another computer to format the hard drive.

  53. http://www.howtogeek.com/220723/how-to-uninstall-windows-10-and-downgrade-to-windows-7-or-8.1/

    That seems to state otherwise. I doubt there is any way of preventing a computer from being formatted and allowing a clean install. … as for the partition thing… haven’t heard that.

  54. Yodaforce Forceyoda | Jul 26, 2015, 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    I read an article a few days ago by Microsoft that said something like this, “Once you install windows 10. You will not be able to remove it from your computer. It will be installed permanently. You will not be allowed to create a partition on the same hard drive. Or format your hard drive to install a different operating system like Linux.” In other words, they are going to take full control of everyone’s computers.

  55. I agree 100%.

  56. I’m surprised (since this article is aimed at gamers) that the conflict between GE Force Experience and Windows 10 forced updates isn’t mentioned. The early W10 adopters are having BIG trouble with W10 updates and their video drivers and their gaming PCs are crashing as a result.

  57. Bullshit. The system requirements are EXACTLY the same as Windows 7 and 8.

  58. Brandon Mcglade | Jul 26, 2015, 1:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    ROFFL OpenGL is dead/old news from way back in the day been around for years it is all about OpenCL now and that is integrated into Direct x 12 same with mantel/Vulkan support. There is no reason not to go to windows 10 as i have the full release and i am having 0 issues with gaming,apps and everything else. I am never going back to any Os below this one. Windows 10 is the new Windows Xp.

  59. Windows 10 is not needed by PC gamers and most already know it. OpenGL Next is coming, its being made by 200 of the top tech and gaming companies, it will be on Vista and up and is already showing itself to be 20% more powerful than DX12. Even more than that is one will not need to buy a new graphics card to take full advantage of it unlike DX12. Current video cards will only see a slight performance increase because they cant use most of DX12s coding.

    So, with DX 12 you MUST have Windows 10 and a new video card to fully use it. With OpenGL Next, you don’t need anything but what you already have.
    As for Xbox, PC gamers DONT CARE. Its a gaming console and a weak one at that. Console games are inferior to PC Games.
    MSFT is disconnected from the consumers wants and needs.

  60. Windows Store the next big thing of Windows. Do you ever download games on Android or IPhone, They are a piece garbage. You never buy the entire game. You have to buy it in pieces. And you never know how much $$$ you have to spend for finish the game.

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