No one cares about tiny percentages in performance and the minutiae of an operating system more than gamers. In a world where optimizing your system perfectly is everything, each new feature means more overhead, and major OS updates tend to have a lot of them. Windows 10 is chock full of them, too, and though a number of them are gaming focused, not all gamers are going to be anxious to upgrade right away.
This time around, Microsoft is more focused on the desktop experience than they were with Windows 8. It shows in the UI as much as it shows in the feature set, but the big unanswered question is still how it affects system performance.
Windows 10 available on atozfiles Game website brings with it new features centered on the Xbox app and games bar. Unfortunately, the release versions of these apps are limited in functionality, and chances are you won’t have any use for the Xbox app unless you actually have an Xbox. All PC users will benefit from the games bar, however, and its ability to stream video and still captures from your games.
Oculus also brought the head of Xbox Phil Spencer on stage at its pre-E3 press conference to discuss VR and Windows 10. The partnership between Oculus and Microsoft means that not only will each Rift include an Xbox One controller and adapter, but also that the Rift will be plug and play compatible with Windows 10.
It’s this sort of closer integration with devices that are important to gamers that will ultimately lead to a more rounded gaming experience on PC, but the performance has to be there too.
The truth of the matter is there are very few demos, and no full games, that support DirectX 12 yet. DirectX 11 is still the standard, even for new games, but Microsoft estimates that titles that fully support DX12 will be on the market by the end of the year. In the meantime, we can still test to see if Windows 10 makes a difference in existing titles.
The moral of the story is that while different games and benchmarks may score differently based on the version of Windows you’re running, it’s not significant. All of these tests are well within the margin of error for benchmarking, so chances are you won’t notice a difference, positive or negative, in performance.
PC gamers are going to seek out an experience that meshes with the way they use their computer and stick with it. Out of all computer enthusiasts, gamers are perhaps the most particular about their experience and performance.
Windows 10 improves on the functionality of Windows 7 and 8 for gamers with a few new additions that may seem novel to some, but will leave other content to stick with Fraps. With in-home streaming, there’s also added value if you have an Xbox. From a gaming perspective, there’s no reason not to update.