Operating System  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Operating System  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Blizzard Plans to Cease Support for Games on Windows XP and Vista https://www.gameskinny.com/aj0cz/blizzard-plans-to-cease-support-for-games-on-windows-xp-and-vista https://www.gameskinny.com/aj0cz/blizzard-plans-to-cease-support-for-games-on-windows-xp-and-vista Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:23:01 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Blizzard recently announced that they will end support for all of their titles on Windows XP and Windows Vista, operating platforms that are currently entering their 16th and 11th years, respectively. 

In a statement posted to the Diablo III forum, the developer announced that they will no longer support World of WarcraftStarCraft IIDiablo IIIHearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm on those platforms beginning later this year. A definite date was not provided by Blizzard as of the time of this writing.  

With the release of three new Windows OS (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10) over the last decade, the company believes the majority of their player base has already upgraded to these newer versions of Microsoft's operating system. Blizzard is currently planning for a staggered schedule (of which, again, there is no definite initiation date) to phase out Windows XP and Windows Vista support. 

Windows XP is considered to be one of the most successful operating systems in Microsoft family. Despite Microsoft ceasing support of the OS back in 2012, its popularity had helped the OS live on amongst adopters. Furthermore, Windows XP has been widely considered the most compatible OS for older Windows-based games than later operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information regarding Blizzard's roll-out plan for ceasing game support on Windows XP and Windows Vista. 

Nintendo Switch OS Leaked (Screenshots & Video) https://www.gameskinny.com/5txvv/nintendo-switch-os-leaked-screenshots-video https://www.gameskinny.com/5txvv/nintendo-switch-os-leaked-screenshots-video Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:51:11 -0500 Bryant Pereira

An anonymous user leaked a video today briefly showcasing the operating system of the upcoming Nintendo Switch on vid.me. The video consists of someone turning the console on and navigating through the basics of the OS, filming everything through their cell phone. In less than an hour, the video racked up over 300,000 views.

Turning the system on for the first time greets users with the Switch logo along with a bright and cheery jingle. After selecting your language and region, the system will automatically begin searching for a network to connect to. The system then prompts to connect to a TV and follows up by showing how to detach the joycons. Lastly, before getting to the meat of the system, it asks users to set up their accounts and icons, up to eight of which can be on a system at a time.

Navigating through the different options on the operating system is seamless -- taking less than a second to load after each click. The main menu has empty spaces for cartridge and downloadable games, along with six smaller icons on the bottom. These consist of news, e-shop, album, controllers, system settings, and sleep mode. The main menu is simple and pleasing to the eye, lacking any unnecessary clutter or advertisements.

The news panel open up with cute Nintendo sound effects and vibrant images displaying news and information. As time goes on the tutorials like “Take Screenshots! Show Your Friends!” and “Where Do I Put the microSD Card?” will most likely be replaced with game announcements and update notes. The eShop is inaccessible without a system update, so it was not shown. And the album section is quite bare without any actual screenshots. The controller menu shows a “Change Grip/Order” button along with the option to pair new controllers.

The system settings contain most of what you would expect -- brightness, parental controls, internet options, and more. The Data Management section shows that out of the 32GB of internal storage, 6.1GB are used for the operating system itself. Amiibo support allows users to delete game data and reset their amiibos, like in the Wii U and 3DS.

One nice feature is selecting themes, which hopefully will be updated with more than just basic black and white. The TV settings are as basic as possible, but uncover that the display can output a lower resolution at 480p.

The last section of the video shows the Switch going into sleep mode and turning back on. The system can either be manually put into sleep mode through the main menu, or be set to automatically enter sleep mode after a certain amount of time has passed. Interestingly, there is an option to “suspend auto-sleep while playing media content” -- hinting at the future release of applications like Netflix and Hulu.

The leaked video didn’t unveil any ludicrous secrets or hidden features, but it did show a smooth operating system that appears responsive and clean. Seeing the touch screen in action gives the impression that it’s more reactive than the Wii U, and the sound effects and jingles really give off the Nintendo feel. The Nintendo Switch releases on March 3rd and will hopefully answer all of our questions about Virtual Console and actual system specifications.

Check out the full video below: 

Will Windows 10 Be Supportive of PC Gaming? https://www.gameskinny.com/mpk4u/will-windows-10-be-supportive-of-pc-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/mpk4u/will-windows-10-be-supportive-of-pc-gaming Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:50:04 -0500 Autumn Fish

Back during the annoucement of Windows 10 in September, Phil Spencer, Microsoft's biggest gaming boss, vowed to demonstrate why the PC is incredibly important in relation to gaming. It's finally time to find out Windows 10's true gaming potential is soon, as indicated by a tweet Spencer posted this week, which reads:

"I'll be focusing more on what we are doing on [Windows 10] in January. It's time for us to talk about gaming on Windows."

When Microsoft revealed Windows 10 as a platform for all of your devices, doubts arose in the gaming community concerning how much Microsoft would cater to the PC gamer this time around. From previous experience with an app-based operating system (I'm looking at you, Windows 8), it's easy to have low hopes for the new OS.

However, back in June, Spencer said that "gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft's success." Before that, he admitted that his company needs to do more to support the PC gaming community. He even goes so far as to claim that part of his job is to bring focus back to Windows gaming.

He even acknowledged in a past interview that Microsoft had lost its way with PC gaming, a trend that he said he hopes to reverse.

Around the reveal of the Windows 10 OS, it's indicated that the OS will have ties with the Xbox One. Details on how it will operate alongside - or within - the Xbox One remain to be seen, though we may not have to wait long to find out.

Spencer's tease of January news suggests that his reveal plans are probably coming during the recently announced Windows 10 Consumer Event, scheduled for January 21st. 

We'll finally be able to see how Windows 10 may be able to satisfy our needs as gamers at the peak of 2015, so keep your eyes and ears sharp. Will Windows be able to deliver this time or will we be stuck with our copies of Windows 7 for yet another generation? Only time will tell.

Valve's Third Announcement? Half-Life 3 Is the Only Possible Answer https://www.gameskinny.com/uggae/valves-third-announcement-half-life-3-is-the-only-possible-answer https://www.gameskinny.com/uggae/valves-third-announcement-half-life-3-is-the-only-possible-answer Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:56:46 -0400 Brian Armstrong

There's only one possible answer. It can only be one thing. If Valve doesn't announce Half-Life 3 Friday, I will be completely shocked.

It's entirely possible I've built this third announcement up in my head way too much, but the mystery and intrigue Valve have created around it leads me to believe there is no other answer. So far they've made two big announcements, with the first being a new gaming software in SteamOS.

SteamOS is built around the Linux architecture and designed to make PC gaming on the big screen the optimal way to game. They also announced their own line of PC gaming consoles called Steam Machines. While we (disappointingly) don't have any specifications as to what is actually inside these boxes, what they look like, or how much they cost, we do know they are building several different models out of the gate.

Presumably we can expect a lower-end machine, an ultimate gaming machine, and something that falls somewhere in between. This variation in models will allow Steam to sell its console to gamers who want to spend as much or as little money as possible, while still providing a uniform experience to all.

What Better Way to Sell Steam Machines?

So there's an operating system and there's a machine. What could possibly be worthy of this mysterious third announcement other than some amazing thing to play on these new creations? And what better title to help ring in a new era of PC gaming than one of the most anticipated titles of all time?

Half-Life 2 has been ranked as one of the best first-person shooters on many lists over the years, and has even garnered a few best-game-ever awards. And the original Half-Life is my one of my favorite games of all-time, and I’m not alone in that opinion. It stands to reason that releasing the next chapter in the series, potentially as a Steam Machine timed exclusive, would be something that Valve would be pushing very hard to make happen.

Valve has other games they could announce instead, such as a new Team Fortress or Portal or Left 4 Dead, but none of those would move units like a Half-Life game would. Half-Life 3, exclusive to the Steam Machine would be as hot as Halo on the original Xbox was. Valve simply cannot miss this opportunity.

Heading for A Letdown? 

It's entirely possible that we won't be getting a game announcement at all, but perhaps just an unveiling of a new kind of controller, or worse yet, an announcement that they are taking on Kinect and joining the motion-gaming "movement" (see what I did there?). I certainly hope it's not anything as dull or dumb as that, but it's really hard to say.

I've never really been disappointed or let-down by a Valve unveiling before (like I was at the Xbox One reveal or the announcement of the PlayStation 3 price), but come to think of it, I'm not really sure Valve has had any announcements this big in a long time, if ever.

It's certainly possible my expectations are ridiculously high, and we're really just going to get an announcement that Steam is entering the mobile phone market (wait, that would actually be really cool... I'll have to touch on that another time), but I have to believe that Valve has something big planned.

Three Little Words...

And for my money, the only way to end this week of mystery and unveiling is by dropping the words Half-Life 3. They don't even have to give a date, just a hint at a timeframe of when it might be available, and there will be much rejoicing in PC Land.

We'll find out Friday at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern, so stay tuned. It could be an exciting day.