Windows 7, Gaming, and Why You Should Care

Updated Thu, Oct 08, 2009 by Dalmarus

October 22, 2009 is almost here and with it, the official release of Windows 7. Fortunately for all of us, the ensuing cacophony won't be from a million computer users crying out at once in utter despair again.

No more will the screams of frustration drown out the loudest metal bands in the land. This time, the heavens will part, the angels will sing, and the world will be comforted in an eternal blanket of peace. All right. Maybe the release of Windows 7 shouldn't *quite* be hailed as the second coming, but gamers around the globe should rejoice nonetheless and I'm here to tell you why.

The Simple Answer

In a nutshell, the answer is speed, speed, and more speed. Everything in gaming depends on the ability of your computer to process everything fast enough to keep you from having to deal with hitching (pauses) in your game. The more powerful the computer, the better textures, particle effects, and distances your system can render. Sounds like a tall order for an operating system (OS) to pull off, but Windows 7 is ready to step up to the plate.

With the introduction of DirectX 11, default system settings that don’t bog your system down, and a design built for speed and efficiency, Windows 7 will give you a better gaming experience just as it is.

That’s the quick and dirty version of why upgrading to Windows 7 will improve your gaming experience, but read on, because there’s oh so much more.

The Current Regime

There are three main types of people using Windows-based PCs these days (in any modern sense):

1) Those that are happily using XP.
2) Those that have lost all sense of hope with Vista and have "downgraded" to XP (or upgraded to the Windows 7 release candidate).
3) Those that are happy using Vista.

Types 1 and 2 don't have to give up their operating systems, though they'll probably be happy if they do, if for the added speed boost if nothing else (we’ll get to that later). Type 3 is nothing more than a fairy tale concocted by Microsoft to fool little children, old people, and advertisers. It wasn't the destruction of Alderaan that made Obi-Wan nearly faint from a great disturbance in the force; it was the release of Vista. Like the eventual redemption gained by Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) for the slaying of Emperor Palpatine, Microsoft is hoping to receive the same with the release of Windows 7.

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