I’m probably going to poke Windows 8 with a stick before I decide to adopt. Microsoft’s OSes have a tendency of doing this whole skip-an-iteration thing. Take 98, skip ME, get on the XP train, pass up the “scenic” Vista, and then there’s always been something lucky about 7s. Windows 8 hasn’t really done anything to grab me yet, with its garishly colored start screen, its announced focus on touch devices, and the real lack of a selling point to upgrade (such as DirectX 11 capability, or going to a 64-bit OS) have me a little nervous. Regardless, we’ll find out on October the 26th whether or not it’s a necessary upgrade.
It’s barely gaming news, except for the fact that it’s going to have the Xbox Live Dashboard integrated right into it. When it was first announced, everybody started to get a little antsy wondering whether or not that meant that we were going to be able to play Xbox games on our PCs. This, sadly, turns out to not be the case. What it does mean though is that you’ll be able to do things like launch Xbox games and services from the comfort of your PC or tablet, you know, in case speaking out loud to your Kinect or getting up off the couch to walk a step or two sounds like too much work for you.
There is the possibility that Microsoft might take the opportunity to attempt to breathe some life back into that walking corpse of an online gaming system, Games for Windows Live. Seeing as how a year ago Microsoft moved all the GFWL assets to Xbox.com, it seems they might be primed to take PC gaming a little more seriously. Still, I doubt I’ll be lined up come October to see if that’s the case, but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it in the future. What about you? Any eager early adopters?