Is Windows 7 a revolution for PC gamers?

Whet your whistle - some of the games that will support DirectX 11
With improved backward compatibility and groundbreaking tessellation and direct compute tech, Microsoft says DirectX 11 delivers games that are 30x faster. So this year is clearly going to be a fantastic year for PC gaming. Codies’ DiRT 2 and EA’s BattleForge are two games that have already paved the way, plus we have belters such as Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 penned in for late 2010. The following are our top DX11 games to look forward to early this year.

STALKER: Call of Pripyat

The RPG/FPS sequel to STALKER is due out in Q1 of this year.

The Lord of the Rings Online

The popular MMO gets a DirectX 11 sprucing in Q1 of this year.

Aliens vs Predator

Promises faster and better looking Aliens, Predators and Marines. It’s currently due on 2/16.

Alan Wake

The definitive DirectX 11 version follows soon after its console cousin in spring.

Which Windows is right?
There are a few Windows to pick from. Ignoring the excruciatingly embarrassing “I made this” ads for Windows 7, the bottom line is that you’re going to have to upgrade if you’re running XP or Vista. There’s no point fighting it, unless you’re in the market for a new PC in 2010, but there are three versions of Microsoft’s latest OS. So, here’s the Windows 7 need-to-know.

Windows 7 Home Premium

PRICE $119.99/£99.99 (upgrade), $199.99/£149.99 (full)
This version is ideal for most users, if all they want to do is play games at home. It includes Windows functions seen in Vista (only they work properly), as well as Windows Media Center. Home Premium comes with 32-bit and 64-bit versions in the box, so there’s no worries about buying the wrong one.

Windows 7 Professional

PRICE $199.99/£189.99 (upgrade), $299.99/£219.99 (full)
What you need if you also use your PC to connect to your work network. Packs data encryption utility and server management tools. It also has the Windows XP Mode – handy if you want to keep your old XP software working.

Windows 7 Ultimate

PRICE $219.99/£199.99 (upgrade), $319.99/£229.99 (full)
This – the most expensive version of Windows 7 – has powerful networking utilities, including AppLocker (stops unauthorised programs being run) and BitLocker (disc encryption). This one is really only of interest to IT staff of huge companies with demanding networking needs.

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  • Cogglesz - January 15, 2010 5:50 a.m.

    i'm still sticking with xp, its a lovely OS. personally i dont see there being any point in having 6 screens, i mean it would ruin the gameplay having a big line in the middle of the screen with another two lines horizontally. and you'd get a monitor or lcd tv the same size for a forth of the price. just fancy show off shit that any normal thinking gamer would avoid.
  • mentalityljs - January 12, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    @ aion7 I agree, i personally don't feel the need to upgrade until it's required, or until i have the money. Also, fyi there IS a 64-bit XP. It's XP Pro jsyk.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 10, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    IDK, Windows 7 sounds great when you look at games coming up, but then you look at the games you already have and you're like... eh, can I get Deus Ex running on Windows 7? I'd rather wait until I buy a new machine that comes with it, rather than upgrade this one, that way I'll have a machine with Vista and 7, which suits me great.
  • festafreak - January 9, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    If you are in school, It may only be college/university, you can get win7 for 40 bucks or 30 american (i think). I'm in college in Canada and I went to and got win7. It is microsofts digital distribution site. Do some research, it's legit. Anyways. I haven't used win7 much yet because all my 'stuff' is on vista still :( It's so hard to get an OS back to where you had your old one. But seriously... 40 bucks for win7 Pro. It's just the upgrade version, but I was able to install it on a new partition.
  • FriendlyFire - January 9, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    7 is probably the best experience I've had with Windows in a while. It's slick, stable and it works well. The GUI is far more responsive than even XP and that for me is the largest plus (well, that and having a workable 64 bit version). To those for whom 7 doesn't work, make sure you didn't use the "upgrade" option. A clean format is the only way to go for OS installs, otherwise you're just begging for issues.
  • Hobojedi - January 9, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    I'm still running XP.. I should probably upgrade soon.
  • richtaur - January 9, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    "The market for netbooks is only going to continue to grow in 2010…" not sure where you're getting that; I've been hearing there's no room in the market for netbooks anymore since the new "superphones" are almost as powerful (Nexus One, etc.). For example:
  • GameManiac - January 9, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    I can agree with loonyman978 and JustTheBoBreaker on this article. I have Vista (on an HP Pavillion dv9933cl Laptop) and don't have any problems with it, even though i bought it off of a friend for $500. If I were to answer this rhetorical question on Windows 7 being a revolution, I'd say "I don't know because I have Windows Vista and a limited budget."
  • aion7 - January 9, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    If there was a 64-bit XP, I probably wouldn't consider any other OS for gaming. I still don't plan on switching to 7 until it is relatively bug free, and more games require above XP.
  • theturbolemming - January 9, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    Answer: No. I just switched over from Vista to 7 and have since had tons of problems with my games. Red Faction: Guerrilla plays at double speed for some reason, Left 4 Dead 2 spontaneously combusts, Team Fortress 2 only plays on half the screen.... It's horrible.
  • JustTheBoBreaker - January 8, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I never really had a problem with Vista either. The Windows 7 commercials do make it look pretty awesome though
  • lovinmyps3 - January 8, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    I'm not really a PC gamer but I want Windows 7 anyway. Vista is kinda annoying me.
  • loonyman978 - January 8, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    I've just upgraded my laptop to 7 but tbh, i dont notice any change from vista. I never had a single problem with vista, i dont know why people hated it so much.

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