Is Home windows Nonetheless the King of PC Gaming in 2021?

Video games can be a great pastime, a respite from life where we throw our feet back, grab a controller and immerse ourselves in ourselves. Whether you play for business or for leisure as a hobby, a good gaming setup can make all the difference between a terrifying experience or a seamless experience.

With so many of the latest games packed with new features and applications, the technology required to run them is becoming increasingly sophisticated. So the question is, is the Windows operating system performing solidly to keep up with the latest improvements?

Dominance in Windows games

From time to time, Windows has claimed to give its users the best gaming experience, and for good reason. Compared to Mac and Linux, Windows offers the best range in terms of both performance and game selection. But there is more:

Game mode

Unlike many of its contemporaries, Windows offers its players a dedicated game mode to improve some graphics. Its main purpose is to reduce the input delay, i. H. the time it takes for an input to manifest itself on the screen. It will also increase the contrast slightly to improve the quality of the surroundings and textures. The game mode can easily be activated in Windows 10:

  1. Press Win + g to open the game bar.

  2. Select the settings icon in the game bar (as shown in the screenshot below).

  3. On the General tab, select the Game Mode check box.

Some games turn on game mode automatically. When they do, you will find that the box is already checked. Related: How to Optimize Windows 10 for Games and Performance

Xbox game support

Microsoft has made it easier for Xbox owners to play console games right on their PC with the recently introduced remote playability.

For Xbox App users on Windows 10, this means they can now have the full experience without the need for a separate TV. You can stream games from your console and enjoy them freely on your PC.

When you're ready to start streaming games to your Windows 10, you can download the Xbox app from the Windows Store.

In addition to streaming, the app lets you browse the entire Xbox catalog and play your favorite game. It could be of obvious benefit to those who have slower-performing computers running Windows 10 and who cannot run games at decent frame rates. Not to forget, of course, that your console doesn't have to be connected to a separate TV.

VR compatibility

The Oculus Rift VR set works natively with Windows 10. Windows 10 makes it easy to set up, immerse yourself, and have an incredible VR gaming experience. Simply put, Windows 10 is the best way to play games on the Oculus Rift as it uses all of its graphics and performance hardware to get the best frame rate.

You can also play exclusive Xbox games on the Oculus Rift; a function that is only possible with Windows 10. The best-selling Xbox One games like Halo, Forza, Sunset Overdrive, and others will be available on the Oculus Rift. The new Xbox Wireless Adapter lets you play games on the Rift wirelessly with the Xbox One controller.

DirectX

DirectX is the gateway from your hardware on your PC to the Windows operating system. Without them, games would have no way of accessing the hardware of the Windows operating system (components such as graphics cards, sound cards and memory).

Microsoft went to superfluous efforts to make this operating system the best gaming platform, and the introduction of DirectX certainly helped a lot. It provides developers with low and non-technical availability of hardware components so that they can refine and optimize the performance of high-performance applications such as games.

Backward Compatibility

Similar to its predecessor, Windows 10 has a compatibility mode that trick applications into thinking they are running on older versions of Windows. It automatically enables this when it detects an application that needs it.

Many older Windows desktop programs (from Windows XP and Windows 7) run without any problems in this mode, even if they would not otherwise.

The disadvantages of Windows gaming

While the Windows operating system dominates others in many ways, it is not without its flaws. There are a couple of issues that prevent users from having a seamless gaming experience.

The DirectX 12 problems

Although the operation is very versatile, the latest version of DirectX 12 sometimes falls short. An inferior or outdated graphics card can prevent your game from working properly or even start entirely. For the former you need to understand the system requirements, for the latter you need to update your graphics driver and see if the problem persists.

New games are often very demanding, there are many configurations on which they will not work. So you need to make sure that your computer's hardware is compatible with them, or DirectX 12 will be of no use.

The most common problems

Although Microsoft says there's no reason to buy anything bigger than Windows 10 in order to run a compatible game, there are plenty of issues that can cause it to get out of hand.

The most common of these are:

  • Occasional crashes due to programs or graphics card problems

  • Forced updates cause some games to malfunction

  • The slowdown during the life of the PC, such as B. frequent drops in frame rate

The minimum hardware requirements

While there aren't any hard and fast rules with gaming PCs, we recommend that you don't install your first game unless you have:

  • Six-core processor

  • At least 500 GB hard drive

  • 32 GB of RAM

  • 1 GB GPU under 1080p; 2 GB GPU for 1080p; 3GB for over 1080p

If your PC lacks one of the above requirements, it is very likely that your game will not run smoothly despite your operating system. You don't necessarily need additional equipment (like sound cards and Ethernet adapters), so the focus should be on the processor, GPU, and graphics card.

What's the verdict?

Whichever operating system you choose, it is important to know what you want to use your PC for. what applications you want to run and how you play. Be it by achieving faster loading speeds, improving the frame rate or lowering the ping to gain an advantage over people in online multiplayer mode.

We recommend personalizing it based on this preference, but make sure you are running at least a 64-bit version of Windows. Additionally, the right hardware for the job cannot be overemphasized. Windows would be the best choice at the moment as Linux offers very few titles and Mac cannot compete with Windows’s API.

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Maham Asad
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Maham is a Psychology graduate and is expanding and nurturing her interest in technology with MUO. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books, painting, and traveling whenever possible.

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