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Old 06-21-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Microsoft Surface compatibility?

So as many of you will have seen, Microsoft recently announced their next foray into the tablet market, "Microsoft Surface". It's a great little-looking piece of kit, but one immediate question struck me, and I was wondering if anyone can give me some answers.

Microsoft were very keen on pushing the fact that Microsoft Surface was, essentially, a complete PC in a tablet, and can run a full Windows 8 OS with no costs spared. Does this then mean, assuming Steam will run on Windows 8 (And I am certain it will) that Steam will be compatible with Microsoft Surface?

As the tablet has a USB port and a keyboard cover, a mouse and keyboard could easily be attached, no need for touch controls or any integration of that sort of input. Being able to play TF2 on a tablet is a pretty sweet sounding deal.

Anyone else interested?
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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Surface will use ARM CPUs. Not x86 or x64 ones.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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Surface will use ARM CPUs. Not x86 or x64 ones.
I thought it was only the lower-end model using ARM?
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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There will be a model (Surface) with an ARM processor and another (Surface Pro) with an Intel i5 Ivy Bridge processor.

I also found this:

Surface (Windows RT) tablet key specs

Windows RT operating system
Nvidia ARM CPU
9.3mm thick
676 grams/23.85 ounces
10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
31.5 watt hour battery
Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro-HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennas
Storage options: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
Front- and rear-facing "HD" cameras

Surface (Windows Pro) tablet key specs

Windows 8 operating system
Intel third-generation Core i CPU
13.5mm thick
903 grams/31.85 ounces
10.6-inch ClearType "Full HD" Display
42 watt hour battery
Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort video
Storage options: 64GB and 128GB
Front- and rear-facing "HD" cameras

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/micr...-35332494.html

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Old 06-21-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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Not really interested at all. The machine is a low powered device. Most games will run like garbage on it and lets not forget it's size. It's not a PC Gaming Device, it's a mobile device.

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Old 06-21-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Not really interested at all. The machine is a low powered device. Most games will run like garbage on it and lets not forget it's size. It's not a PC Gaming Device, it's a mobile device.
Well, things like Gemini Rue and old games might work. Sounds nice to me
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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Not really interested at all. The machine is a low powered device. Most games will run like garbage on it and lets not forget it's size. It's not a PC Gaming Device, it's a mobile device.
Oh of course, it won't be a machine to play really high-end stuff on, but opening the Steam library on it would still give you a lot of titles that would work with the specifications.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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Hopefully it'll be able to run even just mid-tier games. Doesn't have to be BF3 or bust. But if it's just lite indie games then it'll be no different than most smartphones today.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:55 PM   #9
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Hopefully it'll be able to run even just mid-tier games. Doesn't have to be BF3 or bust. But if it's just lite indie games then it'll be no different than most smartphones today.
If, as Microsoft claim, it is up to the standards of Ultra-books, it really should be able to run mid-tier perfectly fine.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #10
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Why are you posting this here?
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:01 PM   #11
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Why are you posting this here?
It's the discussion of Steam in the general sense.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #12
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Not really interested at all. The machine is a low powered device. Most games will run like garbage on it and lets not forget it's size. It's not a PC Gaming Device, it's a mobile device.
The pro has an i5 and it's integrated GPU. That CPU/GPU is capable of running games like Skyrim on the lowest settings (and Skyrim is not the best optimized game.)

The Surface Pro will run games like Portal 2 fairly well on medium settings I'd imagine.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #13
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However with the small keyboard I would aim to say that it will be a bad experience to play on this tablet. Windows 8 is optimized for the tablet market, not desktops or gaming.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #14
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In the early stages, no, I can't see it being a significant gaming alternative, but if Microsoft commits to it for the long run, it will evolve. The iPad is a decent gaming platform, all be it, a more mobile oriented platform. A properly backed Microsoft tablet could blow the iPad out of the water, in regards to gaming.

Microsoft is aiming at the productivity gap that the iPad doesn't really cover all that well, but here's hoping.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #15
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However with the small keyboard I would aim to say that it will be a bad experience to play on this tablet. Windows 8 is optimized for the tablet market, not desktops or gaming.
This is true. Even with the advanced keyboard/cover where the keys have an actual travel, it'd be like playing on a laptop. Okay for some people, uncomfortable for a lot. Still a LOT better than gaming on a regular tablet though.

And since it's windows 8, you could hook up a xbox 360 controller to it and game that way if you don't like the keyboard.
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