In some ways, debating whether or not Windows Vista is good for gaming is a moot point. A futile argument. Water under the bridge.
That's because, like it or not, Microsoft Corp.'s shiny new operating system is here to stay. By the end of 2007, a whole new generation of games for Windows Vista will be here as well. At that point, if you're a Windows gamer, you'll have no choice but to upgrade to Vista -- unless you're ready to throw in the towel on PC gaming and buy an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii instead.
In the meantime, Vista will continue to polarize the masses, generating tons of high-octane comments and flames on its numerous strengths and failings, both for gaming and more-productive endeavors. Truth be told, despite the flak Microsoft has taken for removing planned features from Vista and missing its target launch date by years, this is an ambitious new operating system in numerous categories, including 3-D graphics and gaming.
But is the new operating system good for gaming? To answer this question, Computerworld explored Vista's gaming strengths and weaknesses in depth. What they found at the end of the day was fairly surprising. Read on for answers, detailed explanations, and several suggestions that will help you get the most out of Vista gaming.