Popular gaming streamer kripparrian just bought a brand new laptop with windows 8.1. He plays a more indie game called path of exile. The game constantly locks up and freezes the computer which never happened before this. He says it is a problem with windows 8.1 and nvidia optimus drivers not working properly. He got a blue screen and the game didn't even log him out for 25 seconds according to the party he was playing with. In this game if you die you are sent to the softcore league from the hardcore league so unstable gaming makes it impossible to play as you cannot die even once or your character is useless.
Not being a gamer (again) these problems don't really apply to me. What I would do is question whether it was really Windows 8 or if it was a problem regarding the hardware of the machine, or might be more related to an EFI/BIOS issue. I have seen completely unstable machines become rock solid after a BIOS update. All of these issues definitely have a root cause, and I would be more interested in knowing what troubleshooting was done in order to determine what the problem was, instead of just blaming 8.1 right off the bat.
I had problems (reason for why this thread even exists), but I found what was causing the problems, and the simple answer is, it wasn't Windows 8.1, it was third party software causing the errors. Moving back to older or even newer beta versions of drivers/software could make a difference, or not. Who knows, outside of trying and finding out. I don't own a single PC game, nor am I looking to buy one or install one (this is my work machine) but within reason, I'm sure it plays games quite well, because I tweaked the hell out of it until it was rock solid, not just "stable." No offense, but I've had "hardcore gamers" bring their computers in because they were dropped out of a car and the VGA and CPU coolers literally broke. I take anything from a gamer regarding what the problem really is with a HUGE grain of salt.
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