Earlier this week I finally picked up Microsoft’s newest tablet computer, and I must say I’m very impressed.
One of the biggest reasons I switch to a Mac years ago what the quality and design of the hardware. It’s a shame that it toke Microsoft themselves to clue into this and finally show the OEMs how to make a decent tablet.
Regardless I had read countless reviews on the speed and design of the Surface Pro so while it was refreshing to see they were true.
I decided to test what in mine opinion, and the windows experience apparently, was the weakest link the Intel 4000 graphics chip.
I didn’t take it easy by only playing some Metro games like cut the rope and fruit ninja the first game I loaded up was the new reboot of Tomb Raider. I was expecting a choppy mess that would require me to hard reboot do to being unable to even use the menu To my surprise it ran, not only did it run but once I plugged in a USB Xbox controller, more on why later, it was almost playable, scenes with a lot of action were unplayable.
Next I loaded up Bioshock Infinite while it was no were as playable as Tomb Raider I was able to make it all the way to Columbia and explore, once combat started… I was dead meat. Farcry 3 same story the game ran and was a choppy at times, Borderlands 2 same results
Ok maybe I had pushed the intel 4000 chip to it’s limits, what about some older games? I consulted my steam library and started to install Bioshock. Not only did run it was fully playable How about something a little more recent like Borderlands 1… yup playable
Now while playing all these games the first thing I tried to do was use the touchscreen, then type cover before resorting to a game controller or USB mouse and keyboard. I can say that sadly none of the games were able to function with the touchscreen (not to my surprise) and that the type cover wasn’t able to handle using the track pad and keyboard at ones.
Overall is the Surface Pro a great tablet, yes, is it a gaming computer no but you can sit back and play some old favorites and new games designed to make use of it’s touch screen. I was impressed that it could even load up some of the newest games on the market.
(All games were first played at 1920×1080 with settings set to low and then increased if the game ran smoothly)
On the recommendation of Diarmuid Murphy I installed Civilization 5 and wow… not only is the Surface able to play it well but the windows 8 touch screen support is awesome!
After having played Civ 5 with touch controls I want it in more games, obviously some games aren’t meant for it but anything turned based could greatly benefit from this!