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Windows 8 hasn’t been a hit with PC gamers, according to NPD

Wednesday, 5th December 2012 20:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Windows 8 hasn’t been the shot in arm of PC gaming it was expected to be, according to NPD Group. The firm’s analyst Stephen Baker told Digital Trends that while the new OS hasn’t “made the market any worse,” it also hasn’t provided any stimulation. “It hasn’t provided the impetus to sales everybody hoped for, he said. It probably didn’t help matters having so many high profile developers publicly declare their skepticism for the new operating system. According to a recent Steam survey, .44% of Steam users are running Windows 8, which equates to 237,600 users out of the 54 million registered Steam accounts. Microsoft announced in November it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since its October 26 launch; however, a research firm found only 15 million PC owners were using it. Via Gamespot.

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  1. Stardog

    Windows 8 64 bit is 4.25%.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Mike W

    Well that’s not good.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Windows 8 will be hit with gamers if there will be Direct X 12

    Direct X11.1 over W7 Direct X 11 is not a big deal because Direct X11.1 offers nothing to the gamers, but it is good for developers only and maybe AMD/NVIDIA GPU stability but whatever.

    Microsoft, bring us Direct X12 and I will buy Windows 8.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    “Windows 8 hasn’t been the shot in arm of PC gaming it was expected to be” Who the f**k expected it to be!? WHO!?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DuckOfDestiny

    What’s the point?

    Even with it’s low price, it’s a pretty pointless upgrade unless you have a touch screen.

    As Erthazus said, add in Direct X 12. Then there will be a reason for gamers to upgrade.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. woe

    Something is not right here.

    http://microsoft-news.com/steam-gamers-adopting-windows-8-four-times-faster-than-general-population/

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Hybridpsycho

    I’m using Windows 8 and I love it.

    Just wish they had implemented MetroUI better, a simple solution would be to allow Metro Apps to be dropped as Windows in normal Dekstop mode.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. apollyonbob

    @7 I highly recommend a second monitor. Having the desktop on a second monitor all the time dramatically increases usability.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kabby

    - They didn’t add any compelling changes that benefit gamers.
    - People with huge libraries of games don’t want the compatibility headaches.
    - The start screen/metro malarky just rubs desktop loving folks the wrong way.
    - Microsoft’s GFWL has left a bitter taste with most gamers.
    - MS do jack all to promote Windows gaming. They’d rather you bought an Xbox.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. blackdreamhunk

    I got windows 8 but had some trouble with the hard cd rom. I don’t like it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. KingCharMing

    Installed W8 on Monday and Ive hated it since. Its ridiculously counter intuitive and its like they couldnt decide whether to keep a desktop or metro so they half assedly did both. I cant stand that you cant window mode things that are in metro and I can never tell what applications I have open without having to task manage ‘coz the damn task bar only displays the desktop enabled applications. Formatting back to W7 this weekend

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    Here’s a tip for all W8 newbies- ignore Metro, don’t bother with the dedicated apps, use the start menu as a glorified app launcher & continue using the rest of Windows as you’re used to on the desktop, just make sure you’ve got shortcuts for the super obvious programs that seem to be hidden such as computer, control panel, etc. Follow this advice & the rest of you W8 experience should be quite smooth.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Takeshi

    @5: Basically what he said. Give me a good reason to upgrade. Win 7 was more stable, pretty and featured the cool Minority Report-effect of putting two windows you’re working on to the left and right = still love doing that.

    Moreover, upgrade to Windows 8, and there’s a host of programs I’ll probably have issues with. Yes, in time there will be updates out, but some of the programs I like using aren’t being maintained anymore.

    #13 2 years ago