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Xbox One E3 Demos Were Running on Windows 7-Based PCs



E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the gaming industry’s mecca and a gamers’ Nirvana. The latest and greatest hardware is announced and placed on their pedestals and paraded about in front of everyone to a collaborative of “ooh”s and “ahh”s and, even sometimes, thunderous applause. But sometimes, what’s really behind the curtain? The light show, the sparkle, the smoke-and-mirrors act aside, are attendees really playing next generation games on next generation hardware? According to EA’s COO Peter Moore, the games they (being EA) were showing off on stage were running on dev kits. In reality, they were using HP-powered machines, running Windows 7 and loaded with the newest 700 series Nvidia GTX GPUs. As we’ve seen from the confirmed specs of the Xbox One and Playstation 4, they both employ AMD GPUs for their graphics engines.

Julian Rignall, from US Gamers, had an interesting tweet:


However, one person’s tweet can’t really be believable and an end-all-be-all final word, right? There’s no way to prove the validity of that, because Microsoft wouldn’t not trust their own dev kits right? Then…


Image Credit: CinemaBlend

That looks an awfully lot like a Windows 7 stock background, under a big Xbox One sign, under a big E3 booth… But hey, that might not even be enough to persuade the hardest skeptics. The coup de grâce…


Image Credit: CinemaBlend

Boom. Headshot. That’s a PC tower. That’s Windows 7. Pretty sure I see an Nvidia logo in that tower. Honestly, it’s not in-and-of-itself surprising. A lot of demos are run on PCs to sell the idea of a game, rather than showcase its actual functionality. We’re immune to the shock effect, because it’s all-too-common.

Personally, it looks a bit worse for ware that Microsoft isn’t even running these games on their latest (and insanely pushed as the best thing since sliced bread) operating system. So, why not Windows 8? The Xbox One will have an OS based on Windows 8, but opting for Windows 7 for E3 doesn’t exactly exude confidence in their newest incarnation of Windows to demo the games in the best position.

What about those “comparable specs”? Microsoft didn’t even use comparable specs from the company providing them with video cards in their next-gen console. To inject some PC hardware knowledge, the Xbox One will run a modified AMD GPU, which Extreme Tech has likened to a mid-ranged Radeon 7790.

Chalk another mark under a loss for Windows 8. Perhaps I’m jaded and turned off from Microsoft, personally, but they’re continually shooting themselves in the foot, and us ever-so-lethal gaming brood are chomping at the bit to make Microsoft and all news related to it fall under a negative spin. But I’m content in believing that it’s not just me and my partially-biased judgment. Microsoft’s self-inflicted wounds are growing in number, as if they’re stuck in an infinite loop.

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else xboxOneNews = bad;

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  1. Stanley Rogers

    June 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I’m not usually one to defend Microsoft, especially here lately with their offline DRM full price game policy. However that being said, we have to take into consideration how long it takes to make a game, which is 2-3 years for some of these AAA developers. Windows 8 probably wasn’t even out yet when these games started in development, and Microsoft and Sony have not at the time made a full decision to leave Nividia yet. It does kind of make since that this is the hardware they would use, being it was the hardware and software that the game was probably initially designed for.

  2. Piper

    June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Well majority of application that run on Win 7 will work on Win 8. Unless there is just some crazy compatibility issue. It was most likely for the stability and ease of use. But I completely understand where you are coming from Stanley Rogers.

  3. Jake

    June 20, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I saw it as kind of a smoke-and-mirrors take. Here’s all this flashy “ooh”s and “aah”s of the game, but its not even running it on the new console they’re promoting. Sure Windows 7 has been around longer, but still… if you want to be true to your fans, and hope they really don’t notice the difference, then to each their own.

    • Piper

      June 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Well technically they are still running on a Microsoft platform 😀

      • Jake

        June 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

        True. But it’s still kind of funny.

  4. Graham Polley

    June 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I think the problem is they got caught… Lol

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