While Windows 8 might not be selling well, some might call it a misguided product and we know it isn’t all that fast for gaming, not everyone is quite so negative. The new VP of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Harrison, is planning dedicated development for the new OS.
“We are now really a multiplatform studio,” he told the audience at the London Games Conference - including GamesIndustry. “We are not just building games for Xbox 360, we’re building experiences for smart glass, we’re building dedicated games for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8.”
He continued by explaining that ultimately the marketplace was more competitive now. Windows didn’t just have consoles to compete with, it had to face off against Apple and Google too.
“We think that’s great. We think it’s good for us, we think it’s good for the industry and we think it also moves us into this network generation more aggressively and with more determination. And this is in turn powered by the cloud, and this is another corporate investment that Microsoft is making the future of how technology and devices interact. We think of Microsoft as now being a devices and services company.”
There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of technology that Microsoft could utilise with Windows 8 than it couldn’t with 7, so sceptics may say that this is simply a marketing tactic to get people to buy the new operating system. It could also be an oversight on Microsoft’s part if it didn’t make games backwards compatible with Windows 7, as that would just anger consumers.
KitGuru Says: Does any of this make you guys more likely to pick up Windows 8?