1. Yaniv Ran's Avatar
    I have a feeling that it can, but the OS might not be good enough..
    05-12-2017 03:23 PM
  2. kaktus1389's Avatar
    Well, you can upgrade the Windows 10 S to Pro if you're using Steam so that shouldn't be a problem.

    Bigger problem is that I can't see Surface Laptop being a gaming machine because it doesn't have a graphics card at all, so you should be getting around 50 fps on medium for Counterstrike on the i5 model and a bit more fps on the i7 model as I think it has the Iris graphics instead.

    Surface Laptop was not meant to be a gaming machine, there are plenty of laptops for gaming with a GPU, even though you can get a high end desktop PC for less money so it really depends on budget and needs.

    It could be a whole different story though with the Surface Laptop if it had a Thunderbolt 3 port as then you could be playing around with external graphics card which could significantly enhance the performance.
    05-12-2017 03:59 PM
  3. Mahx313's Avatar
    I think it can to an extent
    05-12-2017 04:14 PM
  4. JohnnyRedLight's Avatar
    That depends on what you define as "real gaming machine". Personally, I don't think a PC is a "gaming machine" unless it has a dedicated GPU, even if it is a lower end GPU.

    The Iris graphics will allow you to play some games at a higher framerate than the regular integrated graphics but it's still integrated graphics.

    I'm currently using the Skylake i7-6560u with Iris 540 and it CAN play some games.
    Hearthstone (Well... hearthstone will play on a potato), Older GOG games all run super.
    Bioshock: infinite, Diablo 3, Might and Magic X, etc. Lowest 16:9 resolution with low settings and you can get 30fps.

    Admitedly, the new KabyLake Iris will be a little better. havent seen benchmarchs but I would guess it wouldnt be more than 20% over the Skylake Iris.
    05-12-2017 04:33 PM
  5. Rani Zahreddin's Avatar
    Thin laptops in general are not meant for demanding AAA games like DOOM, GTA V, etc... since they don't have strong graphics cards and if you manage to fit one they will have a tendency to overheat.

    So the only "gaming" option on a surface are less demanding games like Minecraft, Dota, LoL, etc.
    05-12-2017 04:54 PM
  6. ja206's Avatar
    Yea you're not gonna be able to seriously game on this. You're gonna need dedicated graphics cards etc
    05-17-2017 09:27 AM
  7. Kern1996's Avatar
    Maybe for last gen games
    05-17-2017 10:46 AM
  8. sod1497's Avatar
    I don't think it is, but if it can handle some soft gaming it would be great (like LoL, Dota, The binding of Isaac...)
    05-17-2017 11:14 AM
  9. mxspikes21's Avatar
    Would the surface be able to stream Xbox one games with little effort?
    05-17-2017 11:26 AM
  10. GG002's Avatar
    With the Iris Plus 640, I see some potential, but a hardcore gaming machine it aint and won't ever be. However, seeing that I've been playing some older and/or lighter titles when on the move on my SP3 (i5), the SL (i7) should be much better, relatively speaking.
    05-17-2017 08:17 PM
  11. will santos's Avatar
    I really believe it can became one, but it have to be a incentive to devs make a UWP game.
    05-17-2017 09:05 PM

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