They did. It's called the xbox 360
Originally Posted by Avalon
But I know what you mean - a PC orientated, superfluous services stripped, core version would be fantastic.
Even a 'bootable' option of the existing OS that does the same would be nice. Furthermore, it actually sounds doable.
There are software optimizers that pretend to the same thing, but in reality they are quite useless. But having the OS developers tweak it properly and adjusting the DirectX and other SDK's for game developers to use should unleash the true potential of today's hardware without worrying about conflicts etc.
Modern hardware can handle the added OS overhead as it is, yet even more goodness could be squeezed out of a gamer only orientated config.
Are you listening MS? This is a damn good idea. Add it to the coming features list for future versions. Also, you'll get a feather in your cap for taking the credit of an great idea