Windows 8 to Push PC Gaming?

December 27, 2010

By Jimmy Thang

According to, Microsoft has big plans for PC gaming with Windows 8. Not targeted for launch until 2013, "Windows 8 will represent a real new push into PC gaming," an undisclosed source allegedly told the tech website. The source added, "Gaming will be a key component for the whole [operating system]."

Being a dominant advocate of PC gaming since the early 80s with the advent of the Windows OS platform, Microsoft's support for PC gaming has waned within the last decade. This can most likely be attributed to the fact that the Washington-based company dove into the console market with the original Xbox back in 2001. Many Microsoft published games became Xbox exclusives. Popular games like Gears of War 2 and Halo 3 could only be played on Microsoft's console.

While Microsoft has had solid success with its Xbox consoles, the company has attempted some resurgent maneuvers back into the PC gaming world. Back in 2008, Microsoft joined the PC Gaming Alliance, a consortium of companies (which includes NVIDIA) that attempts to push the PC as a gaming platform. More recently, Microsoft has revamped its Games for Windows Marketplace, selling several PC titles for very competitive prices; possibly taking some attention and thunder away from developer Valve's ever popular digital download service Steam.

Bolstering its resurgence into the PC gaming market, Microsoft has recently announced a new Age of Empires game, a series thought to have been in trouble considering the closure of developer Ensemble Studios, and a forthcoming Flight Simulator title. In addition, Microsoft asserts that RPG Fable 3, recently released on the Xbox 360, is still making its way to PCs.

While Microsoft has not revealed any specifications on how Windows 8 will push PC gaming, will update you on any new details as they roll in.