GOG on Windows 8 RT?

Can anyone tell me if GOG games will work with Windows 8 RT? Or will there need to be some sort of recompile of the game or DOSBOX or something in order to make it compatible with the ARM architecture? I ask because I'm thinking of getting back into some old games via GOG, and I'm also thinking about getting a Win8RT tablet when they come out.

I'm guessing not. If I understand it all correctly you couldn't just use the win32 version, and the various DOSBOX/SCUMMVM type apps will need to be developed and then go through the MS app store.

The app-store is only for Windows-8 styled apps. AFAIK it has nothing to do with the architecture being x86 or ARM based, and applications previously compiled for x86 (i.e. all those that currently run under Win7) will still run under Win 8.

Symbiotic wrote:
The app-store is only for Windows-8 styled apps. AFAIK it has nothing to do with the architecture being x86 or ARM based, and applications previously compiled for x86 (i.e. all those that currently run under Win7) will still run under Win 8.

Windows RT is limited on the desktop to MS Office only, supposedly. So desktop installs will not work.

And it's not necessarily Windows 8 styled apps in the store. See Pinball FX and some of the other games XBLA type games they've announced.

You fool, you don't actually own a Windows RT device.

Imagine this guy, thinking he can run whatever he wants on something he paid for. Sheesh!

More seriously: it would probably be possible for DOSBox to run older DOS games at a reasonable speed on ARM, because of their JIT recompilation technology, but it would need to be ported to that new architecture to run well. And, given the lockdown on the platform and the ridiculous restrictions on what apps can do, people may not even bother.

Thanks, MannishBoy - I wasn't aware of that limitation with respect to the RT version. Seems like a Win8/Pro device would be needed to run GOG as compiled for x86, unless they do recompile for ARM. And yes, Malor, your disdain for Windows 8 is well noted here and elsewhere on the forum. I don't quite understand how it is any different than the 'not owning' I already do with, say, a standard (i.e. un-jailbroken) iOS device. Now I have (at least) 4 choices in tablets - Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT (walled garden), iOS (walled garden), or the ClusterCircus that is Android. Since I refuse to give Google any of my money, or use any of their products, I'm happy to have a choice other than Apple.

Good thread. I'm getting tired of my first gen iPad and playing some deep GOG games on a Win8 Pro tablet sounds great, maybe for Christmas.

Not sure how well they will run on Windows RT but if you used the XDA jailbreak to run un-signed desktop apps there is a version of DOSBOX converted to run on the ARM instruction set, so i dont see why you couldn't use that to run a lot of the GOG games if they use DOSBOX, there is also a port of SCUMMVM too.

The bevy of Bay Trail-based 8" tablets running actual Windows 8.1 might handle it. That they can run real web browsers and f.lux makes them unexpectedly good readers, plus they play back live Twitch streams just fine (I though Tex Murphy was a western?).

Running Man wrote:
Good thread. I'm getting tired of my first gen iPad and playing some deep GOG games on a Win8 Pro tablet sounds great, maybe for Christmas.

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