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Submitted by -Mezzo- 652d ago | article

Surface Pro Can Run Diablo III, Portal 2, Other AAA Games - Why Isn't Microsoft Evangelizing This?

Forbes - Since Microsoft‘s Surface Pro launched, I’ve engaged in fascinating discussions with my Twitter followers about its capabilities. In doing so, I’ve identified what could be an important area of opportunity for Microsoft’s marketing department: They need to play up the fact that this tablet/ultrabook hybrid is quite adept at running a wide range of AAA video games. (Diablo III, PC, Portal 2, Tech)

K1W1  +   653d ago
Because Microsoft are selling/advertising the surface pro as a productive tool and not a gaming tablet.

Microsoft are about much more that just games, it's time that was remembered by the gamer community.

It's not all about us guys.
Minato-Namikaze  +   652d ago
No buttons
chasegarcia  +   652d ago
x360 gamepad?
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Minato-Namikaze  +   652d ago
Who carries a controller around in their pocket?
specialguest  +   652d ago
@Minato-Namikaze
Who carries a tablet in their pocket?
yeahokchief  +   652d ago
it would get too hot if you used it for gaming. it wasn't designed for gaming. i read it gets very hot even when you aren't using these games on it.
joab777  +   652d ago
How much is it? It may not be designed for games but i am sure someone will develop something to combat the heat. It would be great though limited gaming. The new mobile razors upper end model is $1300, which is quite a pretty penny for mobile pc gaming.
snowman2149  +   652d ago
Costs $899 and Civ 5 looks stunning on it and its optimized for touch controls, of course if you want you could always use an xbox 360 controller and have an amazing experience while on a plane, train, long car ride,etc.
Bigpappy  +   652d ago
Surface pro does to have a heating problem. It is very well ventilated. It runs those games @ 1080P. It also has HDMI, USB 3.0 and SDCX ports. It is actually a really good PC that can be used as a Tablet. M$ is targeting productive people with this, people who don't want to carry a Laptop and an ipad at the same time. It can run any thing you can on your Win7 PC.
kevnb  +   652d ago
Not focusing on gaming will kill windows for Microsoft. I'm already seeing casual users give up windows for iOS or android.
maelstromb  +   652d ago
I don't think that's true at all. Casual gamers are just that, casual, and they will always be just that, IE. They will go wherever they can to grab quick thrills on the cheap with very little care for brand loyalty. It's the hardcore PC gamers that have kept PC gaming afloat and viable, despite years of critics decrying it as a waning medium. And fortunately, it will be those same enthusiasts, like me, that carry it forward proudly into the future.

But to get back to your first statement, "not focusing on gaming will kill windows for MS"--Windows still remains at the top as the most easily accessible and widest supported OS for the PC market, alongside other alternatives. So unless we start to see a dramatic shift in support from game developers and publishers over this next generation, I highly doubt what you're insinuating will ever come to pass.
kevnb  +   652d ago
pc gamers could very well switch to linux if valve has their way, it might take awhile but I can see it happening if Microsoft doesnt smarten up.
maelstromb  +   652d ago
Microsoft has always been notorious for their lackadaisical, borderline apathetic approach toward anything PC game related over the last ten years. They've come out publicly to state several times their enthusiasm and support for PC gaming, and its importance as a viable medium, via Games For Windows press releases and press one-offs, but whenever push comes to shove, we get nothing but excuses and/or half-assed offerings.

My thought is that Microsoft has struggled a lot internally when it comes to figuring out just how to properly balance its main goal, which is selling Xbox hardware and Xbox games, while at the same time, attempting to fulfill their other goals of revitalizing the PC gaming market. Looking back now, we can easily see which side ultimately won out, and so it really is not surprising that MS has not exploited its one clear advantage over the competition.

And if you really look closely, you can also see that they're trying to take a few pages from Apple's marketing strategies--clearly defined separation of products/brands from one another (in terms of functionality, capability, etc.), all products unified under one streamlined OS, and focusing on the widest swath of demographics--of which sadly, PC gamers represent but a small percentage.
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aliengmr  +   652d ago
Exactly^

And at this point I'm fine with MS staying away from PC gaming.
ninjahunter  +   652d ago
intel HD4000 ._. Were not talkin mega gaming here people, were talking casual games at medium or low settings, a college laptop will do the same thing, cheaper.

Gaming should not be considered a reason to buy this, its like a nice little bonus that comes with it.
lzim  +   651d ago
It helps that you can't install a proper game too (limited memory). Can't imagine the cost of the unit with a TB SSD, but that would be nice.

They could offer a system that allows games to save data to Skydrive automatically).. but install space requirements is still massive.

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