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Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:21

Windows 8 to offer Xbox Live support

Written by David Stellmack

Development version being downloaded as made
Microsoft confirmed during the BUILD conference that Windows 8 would include Xbox Live as part of Windows 8. Windows 8 will feature the new Microsoft-developed Metro interface, which yields better performance for desktops as well as tablets.

Microsoft has made the developer preview available for Windows 8, and it has already been downloaded 500,000 times and the numbers continue to rise. The developer preview of Windows 8 is available to the general public in both 32bit and 64bit editions.

Sources tell us that Microsoft will again refocus their efforts on Windows 8 as a gaming platform, and this is the reason for building in Xbox Live. There is no word if a rumor of the ability to play Xbox games is still in the cards or not.

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+1 #1 Alterecho 2011-09-15 09:54
They should unify/rename the services for XBOX and Windows.
Would be awkward if its XBOX live for windows(?), IMO.

There is no word if a rumor of the ability to play Xbox games is still in the cards or not

Will be mostly achievements sharing/unification system, i think.
0 #2 eddman 2011-09-15 13:14
That's a nice move. Next step would be to unify xbox and PC multiplayer gaming, though I suppose the end result won't be good when PC gamers start raping best xbox gamers in FPS games.

xbox gamer: "HEYYY, you're cheating!!"
PC gamer: "Since when keyboard + mouse is cheating"
0 #3 Squall_Leonhart 2011-09-15 21:25
this just replaces GFWL
0 #4 dew111 2011-09-15 22:55
Windows will NEVER run XBOX 360 games. EVER!!! Any rumors to the contrary were made up (and perpetuated) by morons (I'm talking about you David). XBOX 360 games have very specific copy protection (including hardware), and Microsoft isn't going to piss off publishers by allowing Windows users to very easily circumvent these protections. In fact, it would probably breach their agreements with publishers if this were done.
0 #5 bardenck 2011-09-16 03:55
Quoting dew111:
who wants gears 2 & 3 on pc...

are you braindead? you dont belong on this site if you think people wouldn't prefer gears on pc.

name ONE benefit of gears being an XBOX exclusive.
0 #6 bardenck 2011-09-16 04:01
@ dew 0

you must be retarded and blind...microsoft is basically offering a fully supported 360 emulator, whats ur problem? who WOULDN'T benefit? microsoft and all publishers would sell more copies of any game...especially old 360 games that wont sell on xbox but will on pc.. gears of war means alot to me and would definitely earn my purchase on a suitable platform (pc). i am not wasting my money on a shitty console visual experience. good move by microsoft if you ask me...i hope they do it...shut your mouth console bitch and welcome yourself to the real world..xbox and pc makes microsoft MONEY...supported 360 emulators is BRILLIANT.

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