Xbox LIVE to be a Windows 8 feature

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox LIVE will be part of Windows 8.

This screenshot shows what Xbox Live will look like on Windows 8. Pretty.

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According to Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson,  “Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices. ”

This could mean that you could  download a game from XBLA onto your PC and access it there and on your Xbox 360, as well Smartphones which have a Windows 8 OS. The same could stretch to movies and music.

The BUILD event, a place where developers can learn more about developing for Windows, is currently taking place in California so expect more news regarding the key features of Xbox LIVE on Windows 8.

Source: Major Nelson’s Blog

 

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13 Comments

  1. Shit, they’ve spilled some XBL into my Windows. Let’s hope it’s not intrusive and bloate- oh, of course it will be. God damn.

    • Meh, already less memory intensive than Win7.

    • Xbox Live on Windows is basically an effort to get even more morons to spew with advertising and have them pay a monthly fee for something that should be free.

  2. ‘This could mean that you could  download a game from XBLA onto your PC and access it there and on your Xbox 360, as well Smartphones which have a Windows 8 OS.’

    It could, but it probably won’t.

    • Yeah this sounds a bit too good to be true. It would mean you could play XBLA games without owning an XBox, which might interest some.

      • If they did they have to allow competitors such as playstation store to do the same or they’ll end up in another legal battle just like with internet explorer

  3. urgh

  4. I actually like the idea of this. Why are people not so keen, they will still have the traditional Windows layout / functionality as well won’t they?

    Or will it all be run through Xbox Live?

    • New layout (like the one in the picture).

  5. Both the tablet/PC version of Windows 8 is going to be based on same code as Windows Phone 8. looking forward to seeing how it all works.

    The Mango integration of Xbox Live into Windows Phone 7 is a pointer how they are already progressing down this route.

  6. Been looking at windows 8 and not sure about it, it looks like a phone, but i’m sure they’ll have to allow for a traditional style as well, but i won’t write it off, i’ll check it out though all ways up for new ideas and designs, also i do really like the idea of XBL support on the pc, but i’m a 360 gamer, so i like the idea better than the PS3 fans i guess.

    • The first thing I did when I installed the developer build of Windows 8 was to turn off the MetroUI. It might work fine with a touch screen but with a mouse it’s hateful. Urrgh :(
      Once you do that it looks just like Windows7 except it’s a bit faster.
      The developer build is free to download and try, but it doesn’t have any extra features yet.

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