Windows Vista gaming will be 10-15 percent slower than XP

“Microsoft is telling its selected gaming industry chaps that gaming under Vista will be ten to fifteen per cent slower than XP. It is because you have to load the 3D desktop all the time,” Fuad Abazovic reports for The Inquirer.

“So if you play Battlefield 2 or FEAR or any other popular game you are likely to get lower frame rates with Vista. That is certainly not a good buying argument but don’t think you and I have much choice as it looks like a take it or leave it deal. I like Vista as the 3D desktop looks sexy but that is probably its key feature,” Abazovic reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reason to Get a Mac. You can run XP and Vista on the Mac if you are so inclined, but you’ll also have Mac OS X if you’re into truly sexy UIs. See Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard (due spring 2007) sneak peek here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Billy Ash” for the heads up.]


  1. Yeah, but we have been shut out of gaming on the Mac for a long time (at least for many newer titles). I’m not much of a gamer, but I think using OS X to bash Vista on gaming is a bit of a strech.

  2. You know, all sarcasm aside, it really honestly looks like Windows is on a clear downward slide while, as usual, every new Mac OS brings more and better performance, along with great eye candy.

    I guess we’ll know for sure when both FISTA and 10.5 are out and about. The “normalizing” of Windows in the market place could come sooner than even I might have hoped. We can only hope…

  3. it’s a testament to the efficiency of OSX that my brand-new MacBook Pro (2.16 GHz dual-core Intel/2GB RAM/256MB VRAM) isn’t all that much faster than my three-year-old iBook (1GHz G4/1.2GB RAM/32MB VRAM).

    Not only that – each update of OSX has made my old iBook faster. Can any Windoze users actually say that a new OS made their legacy machines faster? I think not! In fact, I hear that Vista will require most people to buy new machines just to run the bloody thing!

  4. Windows people will never believe Mac people that after installing a newer version of OS X the older Macs actually get faster. This is directly contrary to Microsoft’s upgrades, the “standard” of what these people think is normal computing behavior.

    Billy Ash should try X-Plane ( for his Mac. It has much more realistic instruments, flight characteristics, realtime weather simulation, and scenery.

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