In addition to winning over business and home users, Microsoft is looking to make gamers happy with the release of Windows 10. The new operating system will contain several features aimed at pleasing a younger crowd with a lot of money to spend on games they like.
Microsoft has been pretty good to console gamers, the Xbox console has been an area where the company has managed to sell a lot of hardware. In fact, the game Halo has been such a massive success for the company that they named their virtual assistant Cortana after a character in the game and the new Windows 10 browser is called Spartan after the space soldiers in the same game.
Now the company says it wants to win back PC gamers as well. Many who prefer playing their games on Windows PC felt that the company ignored them in favor of console gamers. With Windows 10, Microsoft hopes to appeal to both segments of the gaming market.
The DirectX12 Graphics API promises to boost game performance even in systems that don’t have top-of-the-line processors.
Windows 10 will also feature a built-in game DVR that will allow gamers to record portions of their games play. Recording and sharing game play online is a popular feature of console systems. Now Windows gamers will be able to do it easily.
Xbox users aren’t being left out. Xbox One owners will now be able to stream their games from the console to a Windows PC or tablet. If someone else in the house is using the TV, they can play on their PC.
The company even plans games that will allow PC gamers and console gamers to play the same game together.
Microsoft also has it sights set on “universal” Windows 10 apps that will work on the Xbox One as well as Windows 10. The company sees a future where customers can use Windows 10 programs on any device they choose. Play a game on your phone or edit a Word document on your Xbox One. The devices will become terminals for accessing the ecosystem of Microsoft products and services.
Many think that’s the reasoning behind the company’s $2.5 billion purchase of the extremely popular Minecraft game. It brings young customers into the fold early.
Windows 10 is expected to be released in the late summer of 2015. It will be a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1 computers.