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The user interface in World of Warcraft is highly configured for Windows and a PC environment. The display and tools may be difficult to convert to tablet format.
I'm an avid World of Warcraft player, seven years and counting. Can this game, with a 30 GB hard drive footprint, be installed and run on a tablet? Looks like PCs may be on the dinosaur path. Thanks.
In this excerpt from Answercast #11, I look at the software configuration and hardware needs of World of Warcraft and discuss whether it will ever be available for tablet and Android systems.
Well, let me start by saying, "Me too!" I've been playing World of Warcraft probably for about as many years.
The short answer is, "No." I don't think you're going to see a tablet version of it. You certainly aren't going to see a tablet version of it running on anything other than a Windows tablet and there are a precious few of those.
The real problem with a game like World of Warcraft is the user interface. There's no way to effectively map all of the different keystrokes and mouse actions to a 'tablet' kind of interface. Think about it; there are gaming mice out there that go to the extent of adding upwards of ten additional mouse buttons simply to make games more playable.
On a touch screen (a tablet), you simply don't have those kind of options. Knowing how the game is played, I simply don't see how you could effectively play that game without a true keyboard and mouse available.
So, you're probably not going to see it on anything but a Windows platform - simply because it is written for Windows. Tablets, such as Android and iPad based tablets, are not Windows at all. Even then, you're going to want the hardware associated with a desktop PC in order to play the game more fully.
Are PCs on the dinosaur path?
I really don't think so; I think they're going to be here for a long time to come.
Tablets, and devices like them, are wonderful devices for various uses; but
the desktop PC is here to stay for a while longer - if for no other reason than
things like games, and business use.
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