Carmack questions games for Vista initiative

id Software development legend John Carmack believes Microsoft is "grasping at straws" in an attempt to get gamers to upgrade to next-gen PC operating system Windows Vista.

"Nothing is going to help a new game by going to a new operating system. There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista," Carmack told Game Informer.

"They're artificially doing that by tying DX10 [DirectX 10] so close it, which is really nothing about the OS. It's a hardware-interface spec. It's an artificial thing that they're doing there.
"They're really grasping at straws for reasons to upgrade the operating system. I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it."

According to Carmack, id Software would probably only move development of its own titles to Vista when the market had widely adopted the platform. Titles it's currently partnering on, like Splash Damage's Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, will remain XP-based.

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Sexius Maximus5439d ago

that John Carmack is not pro Microsoft. Yet he can't help notice the superiority of the 360 over the PS3. When he speaks, ignorant gamers should listen.

THAMMER15439d ago

He is very honest and respectful too. The problem with today’s gamers is not enough of them understand the history of 3D rendering and came code. John M. has pioneered or been apart of many of the programming applications that are used today. He is the Jay-Z of PC games.

I think the PS3 fan boy attack yesterday was a true sign of the PS fan bases ignorance.

Finally he is 100% correct about Vista it is a great OS but it is not necessary today.

power of Green 5439d ago

What ever works mua hahahahaha.

Captain Tuttle5439d ago

This guy's down on everything! Talk about cynical! If he had his way we'd all still be playing games on 486's.

OC_MurphysLaw5439d ago

Totally agree...MS has this new "Windows for Games" agenda which really is going to be a trojan horse for "upgrade to Vista". Sure it might have some good bells and whistles but in the end it is not a be all end all OS that "needs" to be upgraded to.

Vista is key for MS in one additional area...its another gateway for "Live Anywhere". Just listen to MS at CES and its clear that one of Vista's main objectives is to get PC users dialed in to Live. Soon enough I am sure you will see PC titles coming out with achievements and Micro transactions.

Its all about the bottom line my friends. MS is no better than others when it comes to that. They want the dollar from you just as badly as the next guy.

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