Windows ARM gaming on Microsoft Surface Pro assessed: See the surprising results

A microsoft-approved website categorises performance of big games as “Perfect,” “Playable,” “Runs,” and “Unplayable”
An undated image of a Qualcomm chip. — Qualcomm
An undated image of a Qualcomm chip. — Qualcomm

Being tied to the Gen Z genetically, you might have kept tabs on emerging technologies and devices. That being the case, you must be well aware of the fact, even truth, that Microsoft Surface Pro devices thrusted into the spotlight almost the moment they were announced. 

While delving and exploring the catalyst that propelled them into the limelight, we, Gadinsider, disclosed that their ability to support event the most graphically challenging games, for being powered by Qualcomm's ARM chipset. 

Windows on ARM Qualcomm

While games like like Baldur’s Gate 3 and Control are found running smoothly, Microsoft and Qualcomm at the Build 2024 event demonstrated a new website having more such proves that validates ARM chips gaming prowess. 

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Snapdragon X Elite gaming

WorksOnWoA, the website, has reportedly tested 1,481 games on the Surface Laptop and other devices running on Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite chips. The website categorised the performance of the games in the following four: “Perfect,” “Playable,” “Runs,” or “Unplayable.” See if your game of choice fell into one of these categories or not.

Since the testers have not undertaken specific graphics settings, we can say they were running on the lowest graphics.

During one of the segments at Build 2024 event, the tech allies, Microsoft and Qualcomm, also showed showed how Borderlands 3 runs around 60% faster with Auto Super Resolution versus native 1440p by harnessing the Qualcomm chip’s NPU.

Windows ARM PC gaming

747 games are listed as running at a “perfect” 1080p and 60fps, including Control Ultimate Edition, and it should be easy to check against the outcomes revealed by Linaro, the Arm engineering group that developed the website and considers Microsoft and Qualcomm as its backer.

Here’s the whole list of 19 “unplayable” games so far, like Fortnite, Roblox, and PUBG, many of which famously don’t run on the Steam Deck due to their anti-cheat measures:

Games non supported on Qualcomm chips

  • Assasin's Creed Valhalla
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Half Life
  • Half Life 2
  • DiRT 5
  • Fortnite
  • Hogwart's legacy
  • League of Legends
  • Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • NBA 2K23
  • NBA 2K24
  • Pro Evolution Soccer
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds
  • Valorant
  • War Thunder