I recently got my RPi 3, even though I had planned to use it to control an autonomous robot, being a gamer at heart, I'm really very curious about whether or not it can run games, and if it can (like it runs the the Minecraft Pi edition) how will be the performance? Can regular Linux games be run on the RPi 3? Moreover, I don't have much knowledge about Windows 10 IoT, but can it run the usual windows games?

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Win 10 IoT core differs quite much from "desktop" windows. It's highly likely that typical windows games will not run as is. Lets call that a reduced feature set.

Linux applications can be run if their binaries are provided for the ARMv7 architecture or if you can obtain the source and compile it yourself on the Pi or cross-compile it for the Pi. Obviously the computational power of the Pi is less than that of a typical desktop PC which could diminish the fun for power hungry games (if that is an issue).

  • Expected something like that for Win 10 IoT. However trying to run Quake(or something similar) on the RPi 3 is an idea worth trying right? I'm sure gonna give it a shot after I'm over with my project...
    – YaddyVirus
    Apr 18, 2016 at 18:11
  • People have managed to get Quake 3 running on the Pi (Google it). Possibly of interest is something like RetroPie which runs all kinds of emulators for retro games.
    – recantha
    Apr 18, 2016 at 20:29

I appreciate that you're a gamer. You must know that the number of possibilities are already jolly high! As a programmer, I have to say any game you choose to program for the RPi will run on it! As such the options are infinite.

I understand the Pi 3 graphics output on HDMI is superior to its predecessors, but what sort of game did you have in mind? 3D first-person shooters are probably a bit of a stretch.

  • I'd mostly go in for FPS only, as that's my main genre. Thing is I'm frustrated about the horrible gaming performance I get on my laptop, so I thought (even when knowing this thing won't give me much) I'd put the RPi to test. As far as programming my own games is concerned, I bet they wont be anything special, as even though I've been developing games on Windows, I have no idea (inspite of being a passionate programmer myself), how to write one from scratch.
    – YaddyVirus
    Apr 19, 2016 at 5:02

Win 10 IoT don't provide desktop interface. If even it do you was aren't able to play games because most of games for x86 architecture and RPi based on ARM one.

Nevertheless, there are two great options to play games on RPi:

  1. RetroPie. Allow you to play old console game: nintendo, amiga etc.
  2. ExaGear Desktop. Allow emulate x86 on Raspberry Pi which combining with Wine enable to play PC games from the end of 90s to beginning 2000s.
  • Well I've read about RetroPie but I'm not at all interested to play old console games... But I'm gonna give ExaGear a try for sure, thanks for suggesting!
    – YaddyVirus
    Apr 20, 2016 at 16:28

Quake III is easy to install on the Pi and it looks awesome. This shows what that little processor can do, though, my challenge is to get Quake II running. I'm making an Amiga in mine, but I expect that with so many units sold, new games (like Q3) will be developed to buy and install in the Pi. Obviously older games with 320 x 200 screens in 16 colors don't translate well to modern hardware but by the mid 90's RTG boards and 32 bit processing made high resolutions and huge color palettes programmable and I still get a kick out of Metal Slug and Cruisin' USA on the Pi. (It's hard to believe that was 25 years ago!)

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