From the Forums: Windows Phone 8 games, HTC 8S storage
It's another editions of From the Forums, folks! It has been a while since we featured some discussions from our Windows Phone community, so what has been happening on our forums? As expected, a number of threads have been created and posts accumulated so we'll quickly run through what's currently hot on the forum.
First up today is the lack of Windows Phone 8 games that take full advantage of the new hardware. Complaints and cries have been published on our community forum that call for more to be done in attracting more titles to the platform. Windows Phone Central member zephyrwala has the following to say on the matter:
Microsoft has previously announced that the company will work hard on getting more titles available for Windows Phone, and game engines (among other technology) have began supporting the mobile platform. But we're yet to see any real progress.
What do you make of the selection of games currently on the store, good enough for the latest hardware? Be sure to add your thoughts in the "Where are the promised games?" thread.
HTC 8S and 4GB
The HTC 8S only sports 4GB internal storage for all app data, downloads and more. This could prove to be an issue for those who enjoy playing a number of large games, but the good part is this is an affordable phone and comes with a MicroSD card slot. Still, just how many apps can you install on the device until the memory is full?
Richard_c purchased a HTC 8S but later returned it for the very reason that not enough storage is available:
We found that the storage was limited in our testing run with the 8S, with only 1GB free to begin with. What are your thoughts? Is 4GB enough for total storage on new smartphones? Be sure to head on over to the "Is 4GB enough?" to add your thoughts and experiences.
Miscellaneous: Configure RT power options
With the new version of Windows, it can be confusing to some when it comes to performing tasks that should be straightforward. Microsoft has kept some processes to be identical to how they were achieved in Windows 7 - take power management for example. Forum member MikeInBA asked about power management in Windows RT for Surface.
It serves as a reminder that it's easy to configure settings that remain in the same location. Be sure to check as you would on Windows 7 before freaking out, as the option may well be there. You can engage in the thread for more info.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
If we had this and could play the XBox Live Arcade titles and some modified AAA titles, it would propel Windows Phone into real competition for gaming mindshare. MS also needs to make all of the Video services on the XBox available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It would then be true contender for the Premier Media/Gaming ecosystem.
I don't know how many apps & games I have installed (I can't be bothered counting) but they are using 11.7 GB of space... I got so sick of not having any space I recently wiped almost all of my music & photos from my mobile. I have 1.74 GB free, which is an all-time record for me as I usually have under 500 MB free.
There is a setting (in Zune for WP7) to alter the amount of "reserved space" - I'm not sure if that's still the case in WP8, but it helps if that is reduced to almost nothing to install more apps (but may run into storage issues later on).