Analyst: Vista, Halo 2 PC will be delayed

Gartner Group says Microsoft's track record with new operating systems means Vista won't make Q1 2007 date; Vista-only games such as Halo 2 would be pushed back as well.

The highs and lows of PC-owning Halo fans continued today; however, it was the lows that tallied up another hash mark. In March, Microsoft announced that its upcoming operating system, Vista, would be delayed. If one research firm is to believed, Vista could be delayed again. Gartner Inc. has predicted that the new operating system will be delayed by at least three months to sometime in the second quarter of 2007.

Gartner based its decision on the date for the second major beta test of the system software. Though Microsoft took only five months to go from Beta 2 to production of Windows XP, Windows 2000 took nearly 16 months. Citing the number and complexity of upgrades for Vista, Gartner believes the latter projection is a better indicator of how long it will take for Vista to go from its second beta to manufacturing.

The delay would also obviously mean setbacks for games that require Vista to play. The PC version of Halo 2, the port of the top-selling Xbox game of all time, was announced in February as a Vista-only game (much to the chagrin of some PC gamers) and is currently the big gun on the list. In requiring Vista to play Halo 2, Microsoft may have shot itself in the foot, as it's possible that Halo 3 will already have been released on the Xbox 360 by then. Microsoft has not yet set a date for Halo 3.

It's not all bad news for PC gamers--Gartner's prediction is by no means official. "We respectfully disagree with Gartner's views around timing of the final delivery of Windows Vista," a Microsoft spokesman told CNET News. "We remain on track to deliver Windows Vista Beta 2 in the second quarter and to deliver the final product to volume-license customers in November 2006 and to other businesses and consumers in January 2007."

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85 comments
Crimsonsiege
Crimsonsiege

OMFG F--K HALO2.... wtf PUT HALO THREEEE for pc!!!!!! F--K YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!. pc has way better graphics then 360, yet you bastards make everything for 360 and not pc. you should have made it for both. i want halo 3 on pc not halo 2 when halo 3 comes out for xbox. that is GAY i might switch to mac for this sh-t F YOU microsoft!!!!!!!!

Deyyhayederaned
Deyyhayederaned

Say your going to come out dont suddenly find a fatal error and delay, theirs hungry hungry Halo fans out there and they want feeding. This game looks to be brilliant and Since it came out for X-box I sent a prayer to the gaming god saying bring it to pc Whoooooooooooyayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

Deyyhayederaned
Deyyhayederaned

Please may it be that this new system is not delayed, I mean I no more about the Halo series than a lot of gamers. Plus I have never even played on Halo 2, except once for the first mission and the beginning of the second. Microsoft are apparently having it Vista only because the system is supposed to have amazing potential, I however think it is just to get their hands on peoples money in mass; but I am still paying up.

ElementalFire
ElementalFire

Why does the article state that Microsoft may have shot itself in the foot because Halo 2 Vista and Halo 3 360 may release near each other? Halo 3 is not going to be available on Vista for years, so what seems to be the problem?

wilkiewilks
wilkiewilks

Thats just like Gates. Has to be a little Bi**h for some more cash. Even though I use an XP I still hate Mircorsoft and all it stands for. God why can't that rich nerd be happy already with the money he has. P.S. I hope you read this Mr. Gates or at least somonne with high power at Microsoft,

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

hey who would buy the first one out anyway? you would most probably want to wait it out even more! :)

skiman2007
skiman2007

thats soo gay come on micosoft u already have a moniply on the whole world just relse the dam game for xp

Azzzel
Azzzel

I worked on that report, haha

snake_6483
snake_6483

Who cares about Halo, it sucks!!!!!! I care about the future of half-life and the next Counter Strike!!!!!!!!! Those are good games.

juggong
juggong

bloody Microsoft, I'LL KILL THE FRICKING LOT OF YA! Oh well, Xbox 360 here i come! (leaves house with a shotgun and heads towards microsoft's conference room sniffing coke.)

epsilon72
epsilon72

For all of you Halo 2 on PC naysayers, the advantages of it would be ---- 1) Far more precise control with a mouse 2)not having to buy xbox live to play it online (well you never know M$ could get greedy and charge money for even that) 3) The ability to play it in 1920x1200 resolution :) (if your monitor has it) or 2560x1600 for all you rich crazy Dell/Apple 30" lcd owners. I don't really see why they don't release it for XP or x64, if my 7 month old computer can run Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion without a hitch it can DEFINITELY run Halo 2. It's just a marketing trick to make us buy Vista. Screw you M$!!! I want Halo 2 for Directx 9x!!!!!!

thomas9_0
thomas9_0

i wood hate to say it but i do not think eneyone is going to bay a $300 to $400 dallers OS + the $50 to $60 dallers on the game. not unless he or she relly won't it's.

Malten
Malten

MS is the best thing ever, right after the bubonic plague

King-Bart
King-Bart

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

residentdeath15
residentdeath15

that sucks, i was looking forward fo halo 2 come out for the pc.

Iron-Dragon
Iron-Dragon

If this means the 1st gen of Vista won't be screwy, it was a good thing in my book.

VeGeTaBoY83
VeGeTaBoY83

meh, Halo 2 wasn't great to begin with, why bother with a PC port. PC gamers have better options when it comes to FPS games (Half-Life 2, F.E.A.R., Battlefield 2, Ect.). oh and letapragas, your comment how they will pollish up Halo 2 for the PC making it one of the prettiest FPS's out, think again, go play HL2 or F.E.A.R. on the highest settings, Halo 2 won't be able to even touch those.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Its disappointing that Halo 2 for the PC will be only for Vista. I happen to like WinXP Pro, and don't see a lot of reason to change my OS at this point. Especially since I got all the bugs worked out, and built a new system that is working just fine. Unless you are running something along the lines of Win98, WinME, or Win2k. There shouldn't be any reason for someone to upgrade to this new OS. MS definetly dropped the ball as usual.

sabru8
sabru8

well that sucks.

neoand12
neoand12

why should I play Halo 2 (maybe in 2007), When I can go out and buy it now!!!!!!

bobreturns
bobreturns

boooo microsoft , but analysts never seem to be right

Blazer88
Blazer88

Hmm,.yeah would't be shocker if it was delayed further..Bu tthen I donlt plan on getting Vista right away anyways.

Dave_sc
Dave_sc

why would n e one want to wait around for this?!? get an xbox or 360 n go get a mac! they r way better than pcs n if u reli cnt live without all the bugs and virus' mac do xp aswell now, n vista if it eva comes out. sorted!!!!

jwmakoto
jwmakoto

"Vista has been delayed in order to steal MORE stuff from OSX." Haha how true... have you seen the google video of the early Vista presentation... the voice-over is still there, however the video has been replaced by OSX... and just about everything still fits.

silentmobius
silentmobius

Vista comparable to Mac OSX? HAHAHAHA! For sure you jest! Vista has been delayed in order to steal MORE stuff from OSX.

Kenji_the_Wolf
Kenji_the_Wolf

For my money, Halo 2 is Vista only just to sell the OS. Really, current PC hardware could handle it just fine if the Xbox can, if not better. In the Xbox version, there were loading problems with textures and slowdown at the beginnings of cinematics and whatnot. Did anyone call it out on that in reviews? Not to the best of my recollection.

maximo1
maximo1

BUT, they still say they're on time. Only time will tell, not an analyst

nutzelfutz
nutzelfutz

It's rather funny to see how people get pissed off just because some new OS is launched...For some graphics and music stuff, I still use Win98SE, as I believe it to be the best OS MS has ever released. XP is great for games, but it lacks the simplicity of 9x. Vista will, by any means, be a stable OS, maybe a little too demanding concerning hardware, but still on par with Apple or Linux OSes, BECAUSE even MS needs to sell their stuff...

paradyme777
paradyme777

It takes them too long to release a new OS. Apple creates a new one with new functionalities, etc. In about a little of a year max.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

wow more and more BUGGY software. and i don't mean sand-buggies. I'm soooo over micro$haft it just seems like a bad dream from long ago.. anybody with any technical savvy ignores MS Windups and goes LINUX anyways..

decebal
decebal

It doesn't affect me one bit. I mean why running to get the new OS. Because MS tells me its good? To find their bugs? I'm cool with XP for the next 2-3 years. As for Halo 2... What pisses me off the most is that even their one and only exclusive, is not an exclusive anymore. If they do the same to Halo 3... I'm really gonna sell my 360. A console needs games! What's the point of its existance otherwise. Probably even GC has more exclusives than the 360.

dergy
dergy

myea....small trouble for Halo 2. oh well....PC gamers wont mind i bet. they still have WOW to keep them buzy......and porn!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

not surprised. i won't touch vista for a couple years anyways ;)

cyprus646
cyprus646

GUYS ITS HALO 2 !!!! WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FOR IT TO COME ON TIME ???

dan_kennett
dan_kennett

I fail to buy into the Windows Vista crap, the idea of making DirectX 10 and Halo 2 Vista programs only is to push the sales of Vista. Just another way of making gamers part with thier money for the latest OS. its all about money, and it stinks.

Sammmyboy
Sammmyboy

u know what. i don't like microsoft at all because BG is a nerd-looking kind of person who believes the world is his. but i AM lookting forward to both Halo 2 (3 year old or not, the pc version will be brand-new) and Vista (the first windows that actually HAS a focus on gaming, and the only one that will support directx 10, so halo2 and crysis and the rest of the cool stuff will only work on vista). so peeps, don't be ridiculous and give ms the time it needs to finish their masterpiece called windows vista. you'll be so happy when you actually get it, along with another masterpiece called halo 2.

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

Oh well....this happens everytime a new OS comes out.

bowser0077
bowser0077

yo Dank its not the Sony fanboys you shoult worry about its the Nintendo fanboys take it from someone who knows

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

If they want Halo 2 to sell on PC they need to make it XP compatible, as it will be so old by the time vista comes out no one will buy it.

Mother-Beef
Mother-Beef

i dun care how long it takes .. it jsut beta be good..

SnowFarmer
SnowFarmer

I don't get the hype around Halo on Vista at all. Everyone of you that are foaming at the mouth for Halo on Vista, more than likely played the game ot death already. So what if MS is going to polish it up and make it HD or whatever, at it's core it is still the same game. For where I'm sitting it is nothing more than MS making money off of sad graphics whores. Now to Vista. I'd believe it will be delayed, MS has a horrible track record with getting OSes out on time. Vista has been delayed how many times already? Now to even try to get it out the door they have taken an axe to all of the new features that were going to make it worth while anyway, and it still gets endlessly delayed. What will we get when it launches? XP but in 3D... sheesh MS needs to start from scratch and build a working secure OS from the ground up. Vista is going to be as buggy and virus ridden as XP, and probably less secure for the first year after lauch. Good thing MS can count on good income from their Office division, because it looks like they are screwing up all of thier other divisions right now.