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Will most of the games run under windows 8.1 on a tablet or is it going to be game specific?
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graphil: Will most of the games run under windows 8.1 on a tablet or is it going to be game specific?
Does this tablet run the ARM version of Windows 8.1? Not an expert on tablets since I don't have one myself :P
I know the Surface Pro can run x86 programs, but the regular surface is RT and can't.
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graphil: Will most of the games run under windows 8.1 on a tablet or is it going to be game specific?
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JudasIscariot: Does this tablet run the ARM version of Windows 8.1? Not an expert on tablets since I don't have one myself :P
I'm thinking along the lines of TOSHIBA Encore 8" Tablet or ACER W3-810 8” Tablet. The surface pro 2 will probably be overkill for what I'm looking for given it is 4x the price.
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JudasIscariot: Does this tablet run the ARM version of Windows 8.1? Not an expert on tablets since I don't have one myself :P
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graphil: I'm thinking along the lines of TOSHIBA Encore 8" Tablet or ACER W3-810 8” Tablet. The surface pro 2 will probably be overkill for what I'm looking for given it is 4x the price.
Both those use Intel CPUs, and thus run the full Windows 8, not RT. You can run GOGs on them (how well the touch-screen work for playing games is another matter entirely, but the games will run).

Compatibility with "tablets" is not game-specific (compatibility with Windows 8(.1), however, is), nor does the form factor ("tablet", in this case) matter at all. What does matter is the CPU: Intel = runs GOGs, ARM = does not run GOGs. Anything with "RT" in the name uses an ARM CPU and thus won't work for this purpose, the reverse however, is not as certain (Microsoft tries to phase out the RT label, and name everything "8.1" regardless of the underlying hardware).
Post edited November 30, 2013 by Maighstir
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graphil: I'm thinking along the lines of TOSHIBA Encore 8" Tablet or ACER W3-810 8” Tablet. The surface pro 2 will probably be overkill for what I'm looking for given it is 4x the price.
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Maighstir: Both those use Intel CPUs, and thus run the full Windows 8, not RT. You can run GOGs on them (how well the touch-screen work for playing games is another matter entirely, but the games will run).
He could always connect a mouse to the tablet.

I'll most likely have one by March. Dell's Venue Pro is calling to me with the price, but I would like a better quality one. So, I am awaiting Asus and HP to come out with their Surface Pro 2 competitors. I like the Sony one that came out, but wow the sticker shock that came with that.
Apart from mouse lag issues in a few games that use DOS era methods for tracking the mouse (most of which have been fixed by MS via hotfix) Win 8.1 has compatibility more or less on par with Win 8.0.
When Windows 8 was released, I updated all my computers to Windows 8 and later now on Windows 8.1. I have an ACER Iconia W500 X86 tablet with AMD APU that run on Windows 7 32bit and now on Windows 8.1. This tablet is 3 years old now! While I have to say that the support for Windows 8.1 is not officially granted by ACER aynmore, the hardware still works pretty well with the original AMD drivers. Although there are problems with the drivers after revision 12.10. The ACER software overlay for Bluetooth, WLAN, Energy Options and the like does not work with newer drivers and due to their missing support probably never will. With the latest AMD drivers the whole display does not work, so you basically have to live with outdated drivers. Anyway, this is not a problem with modern, still supported hardware I suppose.

Back to the topic of the thread though.
All games that run under Windows in general also run on Windows 8.1 on the tablet. Depending on how demanding they are the hardware itself is limited of course. For example, I run games like World of Goo, Plants Vs. Zombies and tried various adventures (e.g. Beneath a Steel Sky, Broken Sword) without performance issues. There is a problem when you need a keyboard (for entering a name for example) because all full-screen applications do not recognise when you switch into a text-box and fail to bring up the virtual keyboard. Even if you manage to bring up the virtual keyboard, you will have a problem because the screen size and resolution is pretty limited, so you won't see much of the screen while typing. Those games require to have an USB keyboard (and a mouse can sometimes also not hurt) to be plugged into the tablet.
However games that were designed to run on tablets as well, like the games from the Windows app-store, have all run very well and without problems on the tablet so far. The most demanding I tried so far was probably PinballFX 2 which is great fun on the tablet.
I have yet to try very hardware intensive games, like Civilization 5, but the harddisk space of the tablet is limited anyway (only 32 GB with 14 GB left after Windows is installed and a SD-Card slot for another 32 GB) to put on modern games that take more than 4 GB space anyway. Maybe I will try BattleWorlds Kronos in the next time. :-/

Long story short, yes games from GOG will run on Windows 8.1 tablets like they do on a comparable desktop PC, but only within the same hardware performance limits and some may need additional input devices.
If I would nowadays chose a tablet as a mobile gaming device, I would probably try to get a convertible with build in keyboard because you won't have to carry around another keyboard in case you urgently need it.
Post edited December 01, 2013 by Quasebarth
How is playing point and click adventure games on tablet? In my imagination it looks like it would be awesome.
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keeveek: How is playing point and click adventure games on tablet? In my imagination it looks like it would be awesome.
If you know the adventure already it is working, if you have to do the occasional pixel-search on the screen, it is fucked up. The reason is of course that with a touch screen you can not scan the screen for interaction points like you would do with a mouse. If the games emulate a mouse curser though, like some DOS-Box games, it still works, but not in a good flow.

In my opinion, the best games for a tablet are turn-based strategy games or card games, chess-like so to say. Tower defence games like Plants Vs Zombies work also very well though. Action oriented games or Jump&Run games on the other hand work only with a gamepad anyway. Never tried first person shooters though. ;-)
Post edited December 01, 2013 by Quasebarth
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Quasebarth: If you know the adventure already it is working, if you have to do the occasional pixel-search on the screen, it is fucked up. The reason is of course that with a touch screen you can not scan the screen for interaction points like you would do with a mouse.
Yeah, I thought just as much... But the newer games where you can highlight the interaction spots by pressing space or something should play just fine.
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keeveek: How is playing point and click adventure games on tablet? In my imagination it looks like it would be awesome.
it is awesome... and not only Adventures point and click, there is games like Anomaly Warzone earth are great... I have an Ipad Mini ;)
Post edited December 01, 2013 by sharp299
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keeveek: How is playing point and click adventure games on tablet? In my imagination it looks like it would be awesome.
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sharp299: it is awesome... and not only Adventures point and click, there is games like Anomaly Warzone earth are great... I have an Ipad Mini ;)
I agree that Anomaly Warzone is working very well, also on tablet with Windows 8.1 by the way. It is in the Plants Vs. Zombies, tower defence category of games.
Post edited December 01, 2013 by Quasebarth
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sharp299: it is awesome... and not only Adventures point and click, there is games like Anomaly Warzone earth are great... I have an Ipad Mini ;)
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Quasebarth: I agree that Anomaly Warzone is working very well, also on tablet with Windows 8.1 by the way. It is in the Plants Vs. Zombies, tower defence category of games.
there is some good advetures you can play on tablets. most are from telltale games like back to the future, monkey island etc. but they are on Ipad i dont know if they are on Windows

i think can exist good dos emulators on windows 8.1 only you need to search a little... :)
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Quasebarth: I agree that Anomaly Warzone is working very well, also on tablet with Windows 8.1 by the way. It is in the Plants Vs. Zombies, tower defence category of games.
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sharp299: there is some good advetures you can play on tablets. most are from telltale games like back to the future, monkey island etc. but they are on Ipad i dont know if they are on Windows

i think can exist good dos emulators on windows 8.1 only you need to search a little... :)
Yes, it's called DOSBox :P