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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 08:13

Play 360 games on Windows 8?

Written by David Stellmack


We are skeptical of wild rumors
Sources are coming out of the woodwork with claims (of all things) that Microsoft is planning to include support within Windows 8 to allow Xbox 360 games to be played on Windows 8. This sounds more than a little bit unbelievable, if you ask us. Still, we have spoken to some of our folks who are in the know, and they claim to be hearing the same thing; and this is compounded by a number of articles on sites all over the Internet, including Gamespot and VG247 proclaiming the same thing.

Why do we remain skeptical? Well, there are a number of serious logistical issues that would make this a difficult (but not impossible) feat if the emulation of the Xbox 360 hardware would occur using just a software layer. In addition, if you were to do it all in software, you would need a very fast CPU and a higher performance DirectX 10/11 GPU to likely get the job done. With an emulation helper card, if you will, this might be a bit easier; but I have to wonder if (depending how much it costs) I would not be better off by buying an Xbox 360 console?

To Microsoft’s credit, if they were to make a move like this it would jump start gaming on the PC in a very positive way; and by combining Games for Windows with Xbox Live to create a single marketplace offering, the company would be able to offer a one-stop shop. In addition, the 360 support in Windows 8 would give the company additional time to rake in revenue from Xbox 360 titles while the company moves to the next generation console, or the Xbox 720, if you will.

While we will be monitoring this as it develops, we think that the work Microsoft would have to put into such an offering would not yield the kind of return on investment to make it worthwhile for Microsoft. While the company has no comment and no official release date for Windows 8, we don’t even want to speculate if there is really a shred of truth in this wild rumor.

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+6 #1 thematrix606 2011-07-13 09:04
I hate consoles and wish to have nothing to do with them (except wii/kinect, cause those are good creative concepts). BUT this means more noobs for me to kill, and plus the mouse + keyboard advantage would be WAY too big. This means that this move will finally drive a lot of people back to this oldschool combo (because they would obviously figure out its just much more efficient).
 
 
+8 #2 LudwigX 2011-07-13 09:54
Oh no, please Lord no!

New PC Game: 50€
Same New XBox360/PS3 Game: 70€
-> 20 more bucks for MS... now I know where that stupid idea comes from.

And let's not forget: PC's are way faster than consoles, so this concept would just stop good PC games from beeing made :(
 
 
-5 #3 a1927 2011-07-13 10:03
Quote:
if they were to make a move like this it would jump start gaming on the PC in a very positive way


You gotta be kidding.
You are missing the main point - namely business point of view. Developers moved from PC to console for one simple reason - console is more closed system than PC, it is easier to control and to reduce piracy. Less piracy -> more revenue for developers.

So, by moving games from console to PC you are not boosting PC - you are killing the console. Game developers will say bye-bye to Xbox, hello Wii U.

Move will make sense only in one case - 100% online game which makes no sense in playing without subscription to server network. Then this will be more technical battle PC vs console.
 
 
+3 #4 123s 2011-07-13 10:50
"it is easier to control and to reduce piracy. Less piracy -> more revenue for developers."

Lol sure, thats why you can pirate every 360 game
Consoles are indeed better for revenue but because they are so simple > attract more people > more money. I bet most console players wouldnt be able to install a game on pc :_D

OT: Since there s gonna be a new box around the time 8 launches and its a pretty nice idea to make bit more money with the 360 games left but allowing the user something like that doesnt sound like M$ at all, so the rumor is probably fake.
 
 
0 #5 fed44 2011-07-13 11:32
Just from a capability point of view it would not even be that difficult as most of the stuff that contributes to a large disc are content. Content is platform independant. The binaries though are compiled for a RISC architecture making emulation a big problem. These coulde be recompiled and sent to the pcs like a normal game patch and the fact that the xbox runs something like a modified windown nt 2000 if I have it correctly in my head recompilation for the new architecture shouldn't even be that difficult.

But like the others before me have mentioned, I doubt this will actually happen.
 
 
-5 #6 Warrior24_7 2011-07-13 12:23
First off this is an old @$$ rumor. Second, is there a so called PC gamer that knows what he's talking about? "there are a number of serious logistical issues that would make this a difficult (but not impossible) feat if the emulation of the Xbox 360 hardware would occur using just a software layer. In addition, if you were to do it all in software, you would need a very fast CPU and a higher performance DirectX 10/11 GPU to likely get the job done." Did you smacktards read that? Emulation. Its harder for a PC to emulate a console game than it is is for a console to play that same game! How would this jump start PC gaming by playing a bunch of old @$$ console games? Not only that, but the 360 controller works fine on a PC so why use a kb?
 
 
-8 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-07-13 12:26
Its funny as hell to hear all the hate thrown the console gaming's way and then the sheer joy expressed by these same dunderheads when the thought of playing these same hated console games on their PCs!! I guess PC gamers have this fantasy that console players will one day recognize the error of their ways and start buying gaming PCs! :D waaahahahahaha! ! The only way I see this being useful is if M$ made these games available on a pad, their phones, or the Zune from Xbox Live.
 
 
0 #8 Alterecho 2011-07-13 14:25
Quote:
Gamespot and VR247 proclaiming the same thing



I think you mean VG247.
 
 
0 #9 godrilla 2011-07-13 14:29
they want to still charge for live fee though so don't forget that part.
 
 
+1 #10 Squall_Leonhart 2011-07-13 14:46
This rumour is based on statement that has been misunderstood by many sources.

GFWL and XBL will be merging at some point, which appears to be the origin of this rumour.
 

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