I am thinking of upgrading my system to Windows XP Pro, 64 bit OS with an upgrade to Vista Premium add on for later (after the bugs are ironed out). Are the games of today (BF2, Guild Wars, etc.) compatible with a 64 bit OS?
larrymadison;3543550Are the games of today (BF2, Guild Wars, etc.) compatible with a 64 bit OS?
I think they are, but I can't speak for each game. One thing that everyone complains about are the lack of decent 64 bit drivers.
Thanks...that's one reason I was not taking an immediate upgrade to VISTA. I hear it will be a while before our programs will work and some will never! Another way to get us to buy new software. Oh well, such is progress??
You also have to bear in mind that the games that are designed for 64-bit systems (or have 64-bit versions available) are often very buggy. Take Half-Life 2, for example - it's been proven impossible to complete the game (without cheating) when run in x64 mode because of Source engine crashes on certain levels.
FWIW I used Windows XP x64 for a while and tbh I wasn't all that impressed. My advice to you is to stick with good old XP SP2 for now.
Thanks...you have done your good deed for today. I wasn't sure but just needed that little nudge in the direction you suggesdted.:)
Yup, 64bit OSes aren't for most consumers yet. Check back in three years.
x64 Windows isn't worth it. Stick to x86; it will still work on 64-bit processors. Linux is probably the most "complete" 64-bit OS, depending on what distro you get. I hear Novell's OpenSuSE Linux is good for 64-bit. I only have a 32-bit processor, though, so I can't say for sure.
17th June 2002
If you get 64-bit Windows, you will find a buggy piece of software with limited driver support and very little in the way of benefits. Very few games support 64-bit yet, which means you'll end up running them in 32-bit mode anyway. So yes, you can run them, but you're better off just running them in plain old Windows XP original.
Some games have support for 64-bit, however, such as Farcry. I don't know how stable they are, though.
I was kind of hoping that Vista would be released as 64 bit only to force the change from the 32 bit world. Given all the other requirements of Vista, it seems like the perfect time to do it.
They couldn't do that since there is still too much software out today that is only 32bit that is widely used. Until every piece of software that’s widely used has been ported to 64bit is when we will start to see only 64bit Operating Systems. It’s too risky right now.
Your best bet right now is to stick with good old 32bitness until more software and drivers get ported.