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Windows 8 Could Have New Gaming Features

According to techradar and an unknown source, Windows 8 is going to be the perfect OS for gamers. Despite Microsoft’s success with the XBOX360, Windows 8 could have a strong focus on gaming.

Windows 8 Gaming

Of course, all of this is speculation until we receive official confirmation from Microsoft, so take this rumor with a grain of salt.

In Windows 7, we have the “games explorer”. And of course there is Microsoft’s “Games for Windows LIVE”, but other than that Windows lacks any major gaming features/software. From my point of view, there is a lot of room for growth.

Games for Windows Marketplace
“Games for Windows” – The New Steam in Windows 8?

Microsoft has recently relaunched the digital marketplace “Games for Windows” and is preparing an Age of Empire Online game for 2011. If you haven’ done it already, make sure to head over to check out the new platform. They frequently feature some nice deals with up to 75% off.

Microsoft vs. Valve

Most gamers already use Steam to buy and manage their games, however Valve’s monopoly allows them to price their games as high as they want. Sure, they have a lot of nice holiday offers, but on the other hand you often have to pay a lot more for digital Steam games than you’d have to pay for the retail game in a random PC store. Some competition between Microsoft and Valve would be a win-win situation for gamers and Microsoft.

Gaming meets Windows 8 (Ideas)

Another possibility would be to add Windows layers on top of games. Steam’s Overlay UI is far from perfect. If you could add Windows modules on top of your games, e.g. live tickers, gadgets and other modules that would be a feature many gamers would appreciate.

If you have any ideas what gaming features Windows 8 should include, you can add your wishes to our Windows 8 wishlist

Click here: Submit ideas to Windows 8 wishlist

Free Windows 8 Wallpapers

New Free Windows 8 Wallpapers

We have recently added a bunch of free Windows 8 wallpapers. If you are as excited for Windows 8 as we are, download them here:

Download Free Windows 8 Wallpaper

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Published: Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 Last Modified: December 23, 2010

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