Important developers in the gaming community have made it clear that they have no intention of upgrading to Windows 8 in the near future. They feel that the new OS is a mishap waiting to happen. The developers also feel that Microsoft is trying to popularize its Windows Store by closing down platforms like Steam and Origin. Markus “Notch” Perrson, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang raised his concerns on the issue stating that if Microsoft decided to lock down Windows 8, it would surely ruin competition in the gaming sector. Despite all the criticism, Microsoft continues to advertise Windows 8 as a gaming platform.
The company even revealed that there would be a few built in games that the Redmond based company will include under the Xbox tag in the Windows 8 operating system. Xbox is already an integral part of the operating system and Microsoft has promised that it would continue to support games for Windows Live. The next Xbox release is expected to be closely tied with Windows phone 8, and is set for launch in November this year. Microsoft plans on the inclusion of Games app which would feature an avatar, profile, friends and Gamescore, all part of the Xbox package.
The Project Director of Windows 8 Christopher Flores asserted that Windows 8 would be perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. Microsoft has clearly pointed out that despite the new “smart” interface, the new operating system will have backward compatibility, meaning older windows games can also run on the new version. For Xbox 360 owners, the new OS will allow customer to make purchases for the console and queue the same for downloading.
Microsoft is even looking at the possibility of multiplayer games that can be played across Windows 8 screens i.e. combining a PC, tablet and a smartphone. Despite these assurances, developers remain sceptical. Developers are claiming that Windows 8 is trying to satisfy almost everybody, thus failing to encourage a single age group. Essentially the Redmond based company is trying to be the jack of all trades rather than just become the master of one. This criticism was triggered by Valve’s CEO, who called the operating system “a catastrophe waiting to happen”. Blizzard also backed this claim on grounds that it wasn’t good for the company either. There were others who described the upgrade as schizophrenic, obnoxious and in some cases even a nightmare.