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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.

World of Warcraft on a tablet?

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.

Necessary resources for WoW

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.

Is the computer on the way out?

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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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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3 Comments
Alex S.
April 24, 2012 8:20 AM

Could always do a VNC type client to a desktop.. but not sure how it would run.

Gordon
April 24, 2012 9:38 AM

Perhaps some day WoW will come to Onlive.

Josh
April 24, 2012 1:00 PM

With the latest release of nVidia GTX 680, LGA 1155 Z77 motherboards and latest CPUs, PCs still have ther power that tablets doesn't have. Extraordinary processing power we have at the moment at he mid-range and high-end range of PCs, tablets are no where near at that kind of level.

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