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Vista problems exaggerated

Says Vista man.

In an effort to get the launch party back on track, Microsoft has responded to allegations that Windows Vista "breaks" casual games, claiming that the reports were "grossly overstated".

"The recent claims made about Windows Vista online game compatibility issues have been grossly overstated," Rich Wickham, director of Games for Windows, retorted. "In actuality, a fraction of casual games are encountering temporary upgrade issues - a situation we have largely corrected and are committed to fixing within days."

He was referring to the comments made by former DirectX man Alex St. John, who claimed that his company, WildTangent, had spent up to a year getting its games to work with Vista, and that parental control options could block access to hundreds of unrated casual games.

Wickham, however, is adamant that this isn't the case, adding:

"For context, of the more than 100 web-based games currently available on MSN Games, only five do not run on Windows Vista as of January 30 and nearly 100% will be fully compatible by week's end with an update to the Windows Vista installer."

Windows Vista launched on Tuesday and introduced DirectX 10, a new graphics API that will enable developers to take advantage of new effects and techniques that Windows XP is unable to replicate.

The operating system's been in development for five years and will cost between GBP 100 and 250. If you don't want to pay that, you can always try your luck in our Windows Vista giveaway competition.

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