Windows 10 is Bad for PC Gaming

PC gamers have had good times and bad times. The advent of online store made life easier, but now that way of life is being threatened. Windows 10 exclusives are growing in number, and that's bad news for PC gamers, even if you have a rig with a Windows 10 OS.

Windows 10 is Bad for PC Gaming
Microsoft did a lot right with their E3 2017 conference. They focused on games, and they showed primarily exclusives. This builds up hype for the Xbox One, and the Xbox One X since all the games shown were running on the mid-gen upgrade. However, few titles were actually exclusive only to the Xbox One/X console. Most will also be available on PC, but only if you have a Windows 10 OS. This is bad news for PC gamers.

For the majority of its existence, PC gaming has been far more inclusive than console games. For a time, things were a bit harder, as rarely games that came to console also came to PC. However, PC gamers stayed strong, because they knew that PC gaming was what was right for them. Then Steam came along and changed everything. Though it originally only housed Valve games, Steam eventually took on titles from all developers and publishers. With online purchases, PC game libraries grew at a tremendous rate. So many Steam users have games they've never even played. With a business model this good, it wasn't a surprise when other publishers wanted to try it out themselves.

The biggest contender was EA's Origin. All of their games moved to that online store, leaving Steam userse with a choice. Accept they can't have EA games on their PC, or just download Origin. Though it came with a lot of problems, Origin has persisted, and improved. Other clients like Blizzard's and Ubisoft's have stuck around as well, plus the other multi-publisher platforms. Though they all offered something different, they all had one thing in common: they were free.

This was vital for PC gaming to keep from becoming divided. A player may not like Origin, but they at least didn't have to pay for it if they wanted to play Mass Effect 3 on their PC. Last year, Windows 10 launched, along with its own online store. Though starting with only a few at first, the store had some exclusives. This was an annoyance, but with so few games meeting this exclusivity clause, it wasn't a big deal. Now after this E3, it has become a big deal.

Windows 10 has been adopted by many, but many still hang onto Windows 7 and 8.1, and some even stick with XP or Vista. Windows 10 has a lot of problems, and shady information collecting features turn a lot of people away. The store itself is also unreliable and a mess, making it even less appealing. However, soon there will be a lot of great and interesting games coming to PC, but only if you have Windows 10 OS.

Whether or not you could play a game on your PC was always a matter of hardware. Some older games don't run well on newer OS's, but there are fixes for that. Now we have a new division, and it's an arbitrary one. There is no reason why a Windows 10 exclusive couldn't run on a Windows 7 PC. This frustrating push by Microsoft to get more users on Windows 10 has become more and more annoying. Console players have always been divided by which console they have. Many games go multi-platform, but flagship titles rarely cross borders. PC players have never had this problem. So long as they have the parts, they can play the game. The massive library is one of the main appeals of PC gaming.

Now PC players still have thousands upon thousands of titles on PC to play with, including many upcoming games. This unnecessary division between Windows 10 users and others is bad for the PC gaming community. My only hope is that, like some of the other Windows 10 exclusives, the exclusivity is timed. Or, even better, Microsoft was unclear with their wording, and these games will be playable on any modern PC OS. If not, then players have a few choices. They could get an Xbox One, which is an expensive investment. They could upgrade to Windows 10, and if they already have then decide to use its broken online store. Finally, they could decide that those games just won't be titles they'll play, despite having the hardware to do so.

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and DOS 5.0! vive la révolution! lol


I agree, but I didnt try to convince you about anything. I know haters like you cant be reasoned with. I just wanted other readers to be careful about your nonsense article. I think I have provided enough real experiences and hard data to prove your article wrong aka biased.


I see, that you are crying, that you have to update to the new OS. You dont like this OS for whatever reason and dont want to do that. I respect that, but dont expect latest technology and games be available to you. To be honest, you should praise MS that is still supporting OS this old. I dont know any other company doing that.     Windows 10 is by far majority OS of gamers right now, it is exactly 50% of all the OSes on Steam. With Windows 7 far behind (-12%).     Windows 10 has a… Read more »


Old games works mostly fine on WIndows 10. There may be some specific games that wont, but I play Diablo 1, Fallout 1 and 2, Train Simulator and other games from GOG perfectly fine.     I believe we have similar thoughts, you just blame only the one company. Your title says, that Windows 10 is bad for gaming, but in reality its exactly the opposite. W10 are the best for gaming just for that exclusives alone dont you think?   I dont even have to mention better performance and if you have SSD, its stupid to have anything older… Read more »


I didn’t even consider that, Windows 10 Exclusives stuck with Windows 10.



But it hardly matters. If it comes to PC, Windows 10 will eventually improve, or its next version will work with games from past versions, in some form, or unofficial patches, or through virtual machines.



So its a temporary issue, for the most part.


This article is complete nonsense from some Valve fanboy.     First thing is, that the games that are windows 10 / Xbox exclusive would be only Xbox games otherwise. These are games made or payed by MS and it makes no sense to share profit with Valve. I am not aware that Dota, counterstrike, WoW, Starcraft, Overwatch, Battlefield and many more are available on any other platform then its publishers.     Also Windows 10 was free for everyone except the pc who couldnt run it. And the computers, that cant run W10, have no chance to run these… Read more »

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