Windows 7 will be the PC gaming platform of choice, Microsoft has told MCV.
The firm is confident that a host of new technological upgrades – which includes DirectX 11 and multi-touch screens – will finally give consumers a reason to upgrade to a new operating system.
“We believe Windows 7 is going to be the dominant PC gaming platform,” said director of consumer product management Parri Munsell.
“If there is any hesitancy – perhaps we have people still on XP because they had issues with Vista – those days are over. Consumers will see a broad level of compatibility on Windows 7 from a gaming level right down to anything else that might do on their PC.
“We are convinced Windows 7 can take that to the next level. Especially when you look at things like multi-touch and DirectX 11.
“Microsoft will have a full campaign in place to advocate the benefits of Windows in the games space. We are here to stay and here to play.”
As a part of Microsoft’s drive to improve Window 7’s performance, the company has ensured the biggest games from all around the world are compatible with the system. Meanwhile, the PC giant has already seen developers experiment with the first wave of multi-touch screens.
“Windows 7 has touch built into its DNA,” adds Munsell.
“Everything is touch enabled, whether you want to browse your desktop or surf the web. But now games developers are taking advantage of this touch mechanic because it is built into Windows 7.
“We are seeing more display manufacturers using multi-touch. And as that ecosystem grows and more of those PCs make their way into the home, we are finding developers, especially in the casual space, trying unique things.”
Windows 7 launches on Tuesday October 22nd.