Windows Vista

Software entity

Runs natively on Windows Vista and is supported by the developers/publishers on it.


Alternate name: Windows NT 6.0

OpenGL Video Overlays (not OpenGL in general) and mixed rendering (such as GDI and OpenGL together) supposedly became impossible because of changes to how Vista driver model works or other new limitations on the OS. Games using either of these may thus be forward incompatible with Vista (likely they don't advertise Vista/7 compatibility anyway).
Backwards compatibility:
* DOS : poor, through NTVDM; high resolution modes unsupported and screen updating is limited; 16-bit support non-existent on 64-bit versions.
* Win95 : none?
* Win98 : poor?
* NT4 : ?
* Win2k : full?
* WinXP : full

* Vista shipped with DirectX 10.0
* Win 7 shipped with DirectX 11

Windows Server 2008 belongs to same family but is not intended for gaming. Server 2008 R2 is Win 7 equivalent.

The first Windows Vista video game was released in 1997.

Ubisoft, Paradox Interactive and Telltale Games published most of these games.

Parent group

Microsoft Windows


Windows 490
Linux 1

By year

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A2002 - DirectX 9 released
B2006 - DirectX 10 introduced
C2007 - Vista released
D2008 - DirectX 10.1 introduced
2008 - Vista SP1 released
E2009 - DirectX 11 introduced
2009 - Windows 7 released
F2012 - Vista's planned end of support by MS
G2014 - WinXP planned end of support

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