Microsoft "Surface" and MoI

 From:  Michael Gibson
5487.2 In reply to 5487.1 
Hi Yenmonger, from what I have seen there will be 2 main different types of those new "Surface" tablet/laptops - the one labeled "RT" is the ARM processor one and the other one (which may come out slightly after the RT one, I'm not sure if it's available for ordering yet) is an Intel CPU based one.

As far as I understand the "RT" one with an ARM processor will not have any method of running Intel based programs through any emulation layer, so I don't think that it will be possible to run MoI or any other regular existing Windows software on it. This machine will only run the new "Metro" apps which are kind of lightweight iPad like apps that are specially written to run under that particular new Metro environment.

So you should definitely not get the "RT" Surface if you want to run MoI, as far as I know MoI will not run on that one.

It should probably run on the non-RT Intel based one, that one should run regular Windows apps in its desktop environment. To make sure you might want to hold off a bit to make sure that MoI does work ok on the final Win8 release. But I would generally expect for that one to work.

I assume that these have Intel integrated graphics, so probably not the most powerful 3D graphics but these integrated Intel graphics systems have improved quite a bit over the past 4 years or so, so the current generation stuff is not really all that bad as it used to be. It still could possibly limit things to a "not really heavy duty" type level of 3D performance though.

There may be a big fiasco brewing with people buying the "RT" Surface version (which is the less expensive one), thinking that they're getting an actual Windows machine and not really knowing in advance that they're getting a kind of special purpose machine that's not actually compatible with regular Windows programs.

- Michael