The gamer in me has always been fine-tuned towards either PC or console. I don’t think you’ll encounter much resistance from people if you go into a water cooler discussion about games and pull out the old, “I’m a PC gamer” or, “I game on Xbox” lines. Consoles and PCs have been the dominant force in gaming for a long time and that’s because of the technical accomplishments that each platform provides. But what if I told you that there was something else out there you should pay attention to?
What do I mean, you ask? I’m talking about tablets ladies and gentlemen.
Tablets are easily one of the fastest growing gaming platforms in the community. The visual beauty that you once thought was exclusive to PC or console is no longer so exclusive. Windows 8 tablets are now offering the type of gaming experience that will simply blow your mind.
I used a Windows 8 (not RT) tablet recently for a little bit of gaming. It was powered by the new Intel Atom Processor running Windows 8.1. I know you understand the power of the Atom Processor but just in case you don’t, allow me to remind you what it offers: Intel® HD Graphics for superb HD graphics performance, Intel® Quick Sync Video for fast conversion of video files to right format for online sharing and high-definition/quality video conferencing, Intel® Wireless Display, or WiDi with Miracast Support Stream to share content from your tablet to your big screen TV, and Advanced Imaging Dual Camera video and picture taking support, such as touch to focus and video stabilization
If you’re testing out new tablets, just ask the retail person to show you tablets with Intel Atom processor inside. Make sure you slip in the cool codename, Bay Trail, which will indicate that you’re looking for the latest and greatest performance.
Most people pick up a tablet to do a variety of things and gaming is perhaps not considered priority. However, in my little gaming world it’s everything. I don’t blame people for looking away from the more demanding games because often tablets aren’t equipped with enough power to even run them. That’s why I’m looking at Windows 8 tablets because they’re capable of turning your touchscreen gaming experience into something spectacular.
There are lots of games optimized to take advantage of Intel processing performance. They will test your fingers and bring joy to your eyes. I’ll even throw in some Android games because many of them are also optimized to harness the processing power of Intel Atom inside tablets running the Android operating system.
My Windows 8 & Android Tablet Games List
Call of Duty Black Ops 2
I’m a big fan of first person shooters and this one nearly fooled me into thinking I was playing from my console. It was that beautiful on the tablet.
I’m a fan of Kickstarter so I was pleased when this was funded and eventually became a very good role-playing games on tablets. I love being the Street Samurai. The environments are just so rich in the game.
Halo: Spartan Assault
It’s not necessarily optimized for Intel but it shines so bright because of it. The twin stick shooter from the Halo universe is right at home looking so stunning on an Intel powered tablet.
I had my doubts at Double Fine and the Kickstarter sage but they pulled it off. It’s a gorgeous game and a bit of fun too.
These are just a few games that I enjoy playing. There are many more games worth checking out and a variety of Intel-powered tablets to meet your gaming desires.
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or just want to say hi, hit me up on Twitter @deaconblade.
Daylon Furlough is the author of the Day 8 New Human war book series. He is known in the gaming industry as The Velvet Voice, aka Deacon. He received the Microsoft Xbox MVP for 8 consecutive years and has a love for all things tech, nerd, geek and gaming. He hosts a variety of entertainment events in Dallas, including movie premieres, mobile phone launches, game launches and more. You can visit his website at Unscripted 360.