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Do I really need vista to play games for windows?

By LXIX ยท 4 replies
Dec 27, 2007
  1. My cousin told me that I needed to have Vista to play games marked with the Games for Windows Live header. (i.e. Every game out) I usually buy my games through digital download but I was going to go to the store and actually pick up hard copies of some games. Is that true that I need Vista to run "games for windows" games or will it work on XP. Seems that making the games that way would make them lose a lot of money.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    It depends on the video card you have in your XP machine. If you only have on-board video or a crappy video card, Vista and it's approved hardware would be better at gameplay
  3. LXIX

    LXIX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 108

    Well I definitely can run the games but he was telling me there was a lock kind of like trying to run DX 10 without vista, it won't work. So from what you say I can play the games for windows games if I have a vista approved Graphics card, I do, so I can play them on XP right?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    I would say... Yes you can play "Vista" games, even with DX9
  5. Ricky54326

    Ricky54326 TS Rookie

    Yeah. It's "Approved" hardware, sucks balls most of the time. No offense to you or anything, that was directed towards microsoft. Our school computers are "Built for vista" with a GeForce 6200 in it, 512MB ddr, and an 80GB hd. I don't think that's so good.
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