Penny Arcade wonders why Halo is only on Vista

Penny Arcade’s Tycho is incensed that Halo 2 will only be available on Windows Vista. Thinks it’s just a marketing decision. It might be, but there certainly are some sizeable technical reasons too. At Northern Voice I showed a Channel 9 video that’ll come out soon that shows just how many multimedia improvements have been made in Windows Vista.

In the video the audio team shows that Windows XP’s audio won’t play very well (sometimes not at all) if you start applying stress to CPU’s. On Windows Vista the audio and video continue playing just fine with the same level of stress (on the same hardware). It’s a dramatic example of how much better multimedia will be on Windows Vista.

124 thoughts on “Penny Arcade wonders why Halo is only on Vista

  1. well i know the xbox doesnt have a fast proccesor or any thing kick ass like a core 2 duo or sumthing, i have vista basic and halo 2 is compatible with every thing i have exept my proccesor it recommends 2GHz but im running at 1.60GHz will that 4MGz effect my game play??? im going to buy H2 sumtime this week and try it out….i think i might be able to barly play BUT PLEASE if anyone thinks im running too slow email me at big.boy172@gmail.com

  2. well i know the xbox doesnt have a fast proccesor or any thing kick ass like a core 2 duo or sumthing, i have vista basic and halo 2 is compatible with every thing i have exept my proccesor it recommends 2GHz but im running at 1.60GHz will that 4MGz effect my game play??? im going to buy H2 sumtime this week and try it out….i think i might be able to barly play BUT PLEASE if anyone thinks im running too slow email me at big.boy172@gmail.com

  3. First, asmany comments have pointed out, of course Microsoft is going to release some products Vista only, do you think they *don’t* want to sell copies of their new platform (the chief money maker and microsoft)? Stop sniffing you Open Source/Free Software glue and grow some business sense.

    Second, the real reason Halo will be Vista only is right here: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1931918,00.asp It’s called DirectX 10, and its got a lot of new stuff. And those of you who think Vista is just XP SP2 + DRM should read the rest of the article.

  4. First, asmany comments have pointed out, of course Microsoft is going to release some products Vista only, do you think they *don’t* want to sell copies of their new platform (the chief money maker and microsoft)? Stop sniffing you Open Source/Free Software glue and grow some business sense.

    Second, the real reason Halo will be Vista only is right here: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1931918,00.asp It’s called DirectX 10, and its got a lot of new stuff. And those of you who think Vista is just XP SP2 + DRM should read the rest of the article.

  5. Two words: Bull Shit

    This is a complete crock. Vista is only different from XP in that theres more DRM, nothing else.

  6. Two words: Bull Shit

    This is a complete crock. Vista is only different from XP in that theres more DRM, nothing else.

  7. It is plain and simple M$ marketing bullsh*t. To be completely honest, I will openly applaud the first bunch of guys out there to hack it to bits and port it over to XP (as is what will invariably happen).

  8. It is plain and simple M$ marketing bullsh*t. To be completely honest, I will openly applaud the first bunch of guys out there to hack it to bits and port it over to XP (as is what will invariably happen).

  9. History’s repeating itself. When Halo came out on the x-box, the console gamers went nuts because they didn’t have anything like it. Most PC gamers showed only mild interest because there were already several arguably superior games in the same genre on the PC. The delay in releasing it for PC merely meant that it was old hat by the time it came out and no-one cared since PC games had more so far beyond that level. I’ve nver seen it played at a LAN and know only a few people who have played the PC version when it finally came out. None were terribly impressed since it was competing against the likes of counterstike and BF1942.
    Halo 2′s going to be the same. When it came out, it was already more than matched by PC games like Far Cry, Halflife 2 and Doom 3 (all of which I personally think are superior games, each for different reasons). If it was released on pc then it would have given all of them a run for their money though. Delaying it even more is pretty much guaranteeing failure on PC since it will look downright primitive compared to the crop of pc games it will be competing against.

  10. History’s repeating itself. When Halo came out on the x-box, the console gamers went nuts because they didn’t have anything like it. Most PC gamers showed only mild interest because there were already several arguably superior games in the same genre on the PC. The delay in releasing it for PC merely meant that it was old hat by the time it came out and no-one cared since PC games had more so far beyond that level. I’ve nver seen it played at a LAN and know only a few people who have played the PC version when it finally came out. None were terribly impressed since it was competing against the likes of counterstike and BF1942.
    Halo 2′s going to be the same. When it came out, it was already more than matched by PC games like Far Cry, Halflife 2 and Doom 3 (all of which I personally think are superior games, each for different reasons). If it was released on pc then it would have given all of them a run for their money though. Delaying it even more is pretty much guaranteeing failure on PC since it will look downright primitive compared to the crop of pc games it will be competing against.

  11. “Cause his hardware isn’t good enough.

    So, here’s an example ALREADY of a game that doesn’t work on XP.”

    No, the hardware won’t run the game, not XP. Jesus, what pathetic logic. What game does not, besides mentioning OS compatability, mention memory, video card, etc… as recommendations/requirements?

    Why would anyone need to say: what we want is this video card, this memory, etc… but instead we’ll just say the software we hope for because even then a machine with that software might not meet our hardware reqs? No one.

    “my son’s game doesn’t run because the hardware isn’t appropriate. Has nothing to do with the OS.”

    So… you know you’ve already thrown out 2 or 3 bullshit excuses and are happy to keep sliding along to the next bullshit excuse that might sound half reasonable even though you have no information whatsoever? Brilliant!

  12. “Cause his hardware isn’t good enough.

    So, here’s an example ALREADY of a game that doesn’t work on XP.”

    No, the hardware won’t run the game, not XP. Jesus, what pathetic logic. What game does not, besides mentioning OS compatability, mention memory, video card, etc… as recommendations/requirements?

    Why would anyone need to say: what we want is this video card, this memory, etc… but instead we’ll just say the software we hope for because even then a machine with that software might not meet our hardware reqs? No one.

    “my son’s game doesn’t run because the hardware isn’t appropriate. Has nothing to do with the OS.”

    So… you know you’ve already thrown out 2 or 3 bullshit excuses and are happy to keep sliding along to the next bullshit excuse that might sound half reasonable even though you have no information whatsoever? Brilliant!

  13. This is one of the stupidest things i have heard in a long time. I am not even going to try to describe all the holes in this statement because there are too many. Scoble, i have one word for you – shameful !!

  14. This is one of the stupidest things i have heard in a long time. I am not even going to try to describe all the holes in this statement because there are too many. Scoble, i have one word for you – shameful !!

  15. It’s not clear to me what MS accomplished by announcing H2 for Vista so early. We’re looking at something 1 or maybe 1 1/2 years away, no? For an operating system which hasn’t been released yet? Why announce it now? I think *maybe* this could have waited until midsummer (at least after E3). Just a thought.

  16. It’s not clear to me what MS accomplished by announcing H2 for Vista so early. We’re looking at something 1 or maybe 1 1/2 years away, no? For an operating system which hasn’t been released yet? Why announce it now? I think *maybe* this could have waited until midsummer (at least after E3). Just a thought.

  17. @26.More evidence to the fact that bloggers are no where near being journalist. So, we might stop implying they are. A journalist would have done the research to answer the questions before “reporting” on the topice. What you posted seems more like gossip.

  18. @26.More evidence to the fact that bloggers are no where near being journalist. So, we might stop implying they are. A journalist would have done the research to answer the questions before “reporting” on the topice. What you posted seems more like gossip.

  19. If you can get games like Call Of Duty 2 running on both Xbox 360 & my 4+ year old XP machine (running at 1.533Ghz), it shouldn’t be that much difficult to have Halo 2 do the same

  20. If you can get games like Call Of Duty 2 running on both Xbox 360 & my 4+ year old XP machine (running at 1.533Ghz), it shouldn’t be that much difficult to have Halo 2 do the same

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