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Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Dan

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What PC Gamers can take from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event

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Today, Microsoft held its first large event for Windows 10.  Though the livestream had a lot of technical difficulties, we were still able to catch most of the details via The Verge Liveblog and even had a gathering in our IRC channel to talk about all that was revealed.

There were no earth-shattering announcements as far as PC gaming goes, but there are definitely some huge positives and things worth highlighting from the event.

  • Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users for the first year of its release.  This signals a welcome change in the Windows pricing scheme and brings the OS more in line with the Apple model of free, incremental upgrades.  Although we don’t know what will happen after the first year, chances are good they won’t go back to $100+ pricing models for Windows.
  • DirectX 12 is coming and it will be a huge improvement over DX11 from the sounds of it.  Phil Spencer (head of Xbox) claims, “For CPU-bound games, DirectX 12 will increase the performance of those games by up to 50 percent.”  This is huge for PC gamers on lower end rigs as well as those trying to livestream CPU intensive games.  Furthermore, power consumption should also be cut in half in comparison to DX11.  The Unreal 4 engine will also support DX12 out of the box according to Venture Beat.
  • The Xbox app for Windows 10 is a thing.  At its most basic (and most lackluster), it is a glorified Raptr/Nvidia Experience app.  You can take screenshots, save moments and record snippets of gameplay. You can also interact with your Xbox Live friends through it.  These features will work for any game.  Perhaps the most interesting part is the ability to stream Xbox One games to your PC or Windows 10 tablet.  This is interesting because this feature is cool and all, but if you are a primarily PC gamer without an Xbox One, it isn’t really a selling point for the app.  You also cannot use keyboard and mouse, an Xbox one controller will be required for streaming gameplay.  Finally, crossplay between PC and Xbox One players was announced, along with the promise of many more Xbox One titles coming to PC, RockpaperShotgun reports.

We didn’t get anything crazy, like Xbox One games direct to PC, but overall, Windows 10 is looking very promising. Many of us here at KBMOD have been using the technical preview and have enjoyed the experience.  Windows 10 should be released in late 2015.

Let us know what you want in Windows 10, or your thoughts on what has been revealed, in the comments below!

 

Sources:

The Verge
RockPaperShotgun
Lifehacker
Venturebeat


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  • K9

    Based SteamOS save us from Windows Hell

    • seanbutnotheard

      Even *I’m* not holding out much hope for that…

      • Nipnops

        Valve’s silence has been scary.

        • seanbutnotheard

          I did see a recent video at a developers’ conference regarding SteamOS and things are happening. It’s just going to take a long time before it’s really a “replacement OS” for anything. It’s very much its own thing, directly targeting SteamBox consoles.

  • XBONE games coming to PC… Come on Microsoft and Iron Galaxy, gimmie a KI port.

  • Ryan Kapsar

    I think the real benefit for Windows10 and Dx12 will actually be the XBoxOne. With it’s lower power CPU to begin with, this will help considerably with keeping the system relevant compared to PCs. Further, it could help reduce any perceived or real performance differences between PS4 and XBOne.

    • Nipnops

      I agree with this, but it will still help people getting destroyed by games like CSGO and BF4.

  • Interested in what some developers will do with the HoloLens gaming related. I thought the briefing was over when they hit us with that.

  • I’m really hoping that the full cost is less than the past few releases but here is a quote from a PC Gamer article that makes me worry about it. “MS hasn’t set a specific price yet, but Myerson said the price will likely be comparable to past versions of Windows.”

    • Nipnops

      Very worrying, but I still don’t think it will be that expensive.

      • I’m certainly hoping its not. Ideally I would like it to be around $30 but I think its more realistic to expect it to be about $60 if they do drop the price.

      • Bob

        It’ll likely be in that $100 range just like 7 and 8, but I expect to see it bundled along with Office 365 subscription in some manner.

        Currently Office 365 home is around $120/year, gives you unlimited OneDrive storage (marketing material says 1TB, but they’ve announced it will be unlimited – mine is currently 10TB), and lets you install Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and (not or) phones. http://products.office.com/en-US/compare-microsoft-office-products

        (edit) It’s actually available for $99 when you purchase yearly: http://products.office.com/en-us/buy/office

        • Ryan Kapsar

          Subscription upgrades to your operating system could be interesting for consumers, i think that would require much more stable builds and higher quality version of windows than the Tick Tock of Good, BAD, that windows seems to run through

  • David

    On the Windows 10 website, it says that Xbox One games will be playable on Windows 10 PCs even without an Xbox One.

    • Can you link the page and say which section? Everything I’ve read so far says that you’ll be able to stream from your Xbox One to your PC (imply you’ll need an Xbox One). Although I believe they did say they are trying to bring more Xbox One games to PC like they did with the newest Fable.

      • David

        I guess it could be a little ambiguous now that I read it again, but to me this looks like the app will run Xbox One games.

        The Xbox App. Whether you only game on the PC, the
        console or both, the Xbox app brings together the most important aspects
        of your gaming life: Games, Friends, Messages, Activity Feed, your
        gaming legacy with Achievements, and much more.
        Xbox Live and multiplayer across devices. Xbox
        Live is social, interactive, and seamlessly integrated directly into
        Windows 10, bringing gamers the experiences they love across devices,
        like multiplayer gaming on Windows 10 against players on an Xbox One,
        and messaging and chat with friends. And developers will get full access
        to the Xbox Live API, making it easier to create more powerful gaming
        scenarios across devices.

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