Xbox LIVE and Windows 8

We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows. We are very excited about Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8.  Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices.  Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy.  At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE.  We have much more detail to share about the capabilities of Xbox LIVE on Windows and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future.

If you want to learn more about Windows 8, you can watch the Keynote from earlier today.

Update: Here is a screenshot that shows Xbox LIVE on Windows 8

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  • Anonymous

    Will the Xbox LIVE integration be in the Windows 8 Dev Preview?

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  • http://twitter.com/Sc0ttyyM ScØtt

    Woot. So excited! I have a feeling it is going to be even easier now to play pirated Xbox games online 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like this spells the end of Games for Windows Live. Thank god. What a disaster.

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    • Peter M.

      At least it doesn’t cost anything. Nice for people who want to play games like halo 2 or gears of war online for free.

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  • http://twitter.com/deadstoned Alex

    So GFWL will finally die? Well thats good news =) . Ohh wait its being rebranded Xbox LIVE, way to bring down the service Microsoft -_- . GFWL is bloody awful, keep it as far away from my PC Games as possible. Microsoft cant make good PC Games any more, those days are gone forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Can you play Xbox 360 games on it or is it a rebranding of GFWL?

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    • Anonymous

      No, you can’t play XBox 360 games.

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    • Anonymous

      No, you can’t play XBox 360 games.

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  • Marcus Posey

    So wait. I’m pretty sure that is confirming that if the future to play what would be GFWL games, umm we’re going to have to pay to play online. 

    Good thing more developers are coming to SteamWorks.

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  • the Tech Dino

    In the latest picture it shows that video, music, and games are all apart of the Xbox experience on Windows 8.  What’s going on with Zune?!?!

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    • Anonymous

      Still there, but will most likely be under Apps on the Start Screen.

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    • Anonymous

      Still there, but will most likely be under Apps on the Start Screen.

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  • Leo

    AWESOME

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  • http://twitter.com/Hellhog Christian

    I’m actually really excited for this. I won’t buy Windows 8 at launch. I’ll wait until my college offers an Academic version (just upgraded to Windows 7 from college). But as an owner of an Xbox 360, Zune, Windows Phone, and a Windows user. This just puts the icing on the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    That screenshot might as well be from the new Xbox 360 dashboard…

    Why not show the Games section? That’s what people care about, not renting movies, seeing ads or watching faux comedy about peripherals!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

    Cool, but why does the Xbox LIVE interface on Windows 8 look more polished than the Windows 8 start screen? I think the Windows guys could use some design help from the Xbox LIVE design team!

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    • http://www.facebook.com/aronmayo Aron Mayo

      they are the same guys, the former Zune design team worked on the latest Xbox 360 dash as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/aronmayo Aron Mayo

      they are the same guys, the former Zune design team worked on the latest Xbox 360 dash as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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  • Vagner Ranieri

    So the rumors are confirmed. The next xbox does not exist! It is so and simply Win8 running games via Xbox Live … On my PC … On my tablet… On my phone… No consoles any more… Sad but I catch the message…

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    • Anonymous

      I suspect we’ll see another console regardless

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    • Anonymous

      This is just Microsoft extending the XBox Live service beyond the console. It doesn’t replace the console itself as that is MS’s consumer platform for the living room.

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  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to try this out.

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  • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

    Just great mouse control against controlers. You get a good thing going to bring all the pc problems to xbox live.

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  • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

    Just great mouse control against controlers. You get a good thing going to bring all the pc problems to xbox live.

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  • Chris Bizzelle

    I’m getting increasingly nervous.  I’ve seen NOTHING of Windows Media Center in the Xbox 360 dash update and the Windows 8 video.  I really hope I dont have to stop using my current tv set up with the PC acting as a server and my 4 360s acting as extenders.  That would be a real problem for me…and certainly the wife who agreed that I should buy so many 360s and build that insane computer. 

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    • Anonymous

      Steve Sinofsky already publicly confirmed on the Windows Team Blog that Media Center would be included in Windows 8.

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    • Anonymous

      Steve Sinofsky already publicly confirmed on the Windows Team Blog that Media Center would be included in Windows 8.

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  • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

    someone please fire that guy that came over from dell.   Windows 98 all over again. Did not take then will not take now.

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    • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

      This guy must have alot investments in the hardware end. So destroy the 360 to start making money again. I mean after all 360 profits are the highest at microsoft.  Very wrong leader for the company. I say give all power to larry herb.

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      • Anonymous

        Where do you get the idea that they are trying to destroy the 360? All they’ve done is add the XBox Live service into Windows. That doesn’t mean at all that people will move enmass to the PC. I game on both and have no reason to do away with my 360 and I hardly think anybody else will as well.

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      • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

        just wait xbox live customers have been very clear about not wanting pc in xbox.  It will destroy it. Very clear that will happen or they would have stuck with direct x box pc games on the go like they originally planed.  This guy is a sony plant.

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      • Anonymous

        Um, Hello. PC HAS been on the XBox Live service for YEARS now under the Game For Windows Live banner. Different names. SAME network.

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  • http://www.kefq900.com kef q900

    I’m curious to see where they’re going to this…would not be surprised if xbox 720 mimicks what we’re seeing here with windows 8

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  • Anonymous

    Seriously, we still have the Spotlight channel, even though ads are all over every channel? At least give us a way to disable it, like the Welcome channel.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/FLIPTAKU James Casey

    Not saying anything until Beta is out for me to try it.

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    • Anonymous

      Developer copy is available for download right now (no XBox Live though). Beta might be available early next year around CES.

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  • http://twitter.com/ETPC1 ETPC1

    major nelson, i’ve never read your blog before but what will this mean for PC Games/GFWL? will microsoft try to charge us again? does this mean more cross-platform releases? we need more info! 

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  • Naveed Iqbal

    i wonder if pc users will now have to pay for online

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    • Anonymous

      Not likely.

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  • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden XboxLiveStrikeSudden

    This is the worst idea of ideas. PC guys hiding hardware ids hacking the network and getting all your account info. Happing right now. Even Major Nelson was hacked. So just present the xbox now as some low end pc.  People want xbox because ps is out of it and reasonably secure. But now. they will just say why bother get a pc and play games on linux.  Im tellin ya this ceo is a sony plant. Windows phone not even that pop. Major vowel loli and stepto still tweet from i phones play games on i phones and read books on i phones not windows phones.

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    • Anonymous

      **FACEPALM**

      Steven Sinofsky has been with Microsoft since 1989! Hell, that’s 6 YEARS BEFORE the PSONE!

      What happend to Major Nelson and Stepto’s accounts was NOT hacking, but SOCIAL ENGINEERING  –> there is a HUGE difference between the two. PC has been on the Live network since 2006 with Games for Windows Live.

      Do you honestly have a clue what you are talking about?

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  • davide spagocci

    Major Nelson there is A PROBLEM whit the game CRIMSON ALLIANCE in XBOXLIVE ARCADE from italy it DOWNLOAD FREE whitout pay it,but i never pay it.

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    • Anonymous

      That isn’t a problem. The full game is technically free but you buy the characters. You can buy one for 800 points or all for 1200 points.

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  • ElektroDragon

    EXCELLENT!!!! Let’s hope this succeeds where Games for Windows Live did not and turns Steam into just a bunch of hot air!

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    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Steam is great, and has way better sales/deals than MS will ever have. Xbl is great too, but it won’t be turning steam into “hot air”. From your comment it is clear you don’t game on PC (otherwise you wouldn’t be saying that), so, in that case, why do you care if it beats steam in sales or not? That is a sign of blind fanboyism.

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      • ElektroDragon

        No, I do also game on the PC, and yes, I use Steam.  But since I made the 360 my primary platform instead of the PC back in 2005, I really only want to play PC games with GFWL… i.e. Achievements.  

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