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

    Windows 7 never figured out how to have Media Player not auto-munch its own butt making it unusable. And you couldn’t use a WMP11 on W7.

    So, Major, as a consumer advocate it is like you really don’t care at all. Why is that?

    Sorry, asked you a question on your site, I know you don’t answer those.

    MS PR FLUNKieZ.

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  • Anonymous

    Everyone step up and tell Major what you think of him not answering questions on his own blog. He is prolly too busy… pretending to care about his own blog. Crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Magnificent! I can’t wait for the new dashboard update & Windows 8!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonah-Falcon/525044162 Jonah Falcon

    But will you be able to play Xbox 360 games on Windows 8, Larry? That’s the rumor.

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    • Anonymous

      No, that rumor is false.

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  • Anonymous

    Who cares!!!

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  • Anonymous

    So, are they porting the Windows Phone OS to the PC with Windows 8?

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  • Anonymous

    If Windows 9 came out now for free it wouldn’t be worth it. Can’t believe Major Nopay is selling this.

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  • Anonymous

    Is there a free upgrade to XP?

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  • Anonymous

    I like how Major doesn’t answer questions on his own blog, then filters his responders Joystiq and Kotaku style. Krazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Too busy typing about MJ Fox’s limitiations, Major. Do your job. There are forty folks ready to do it for you, Pach rider and payer.

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  • Anonymous

    Major if you are there honk.

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    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      You’re a strange one

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  • http://twitter.com/KinnonII Pedro Adame

    Can you confirm Xbox 360’s discs on Windows 8?

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    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      Are you being serious?
      Do you really think a current day top of the line PC can emulate an Xbox 360?
      Even if they would release a PCI-E add-in card with 360 hardware on it, it would kill their core console business.

      The answer is clearly: NO!
      This is just a renaming of the GfWL service for PC games all under the XBOX banner, which I think is great.

      I’m running the developer build x64 of Windows 8, just to get some insight and what to expect, right now and I can say it is very stable.

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      • Jeffrey Morton

        Why would you need to fully emulate an X360? Isn’t the whole point of Microsoft’s design philosophy to use high level software-based solutions for games… high-level software that could be ported? Couldn’t they use Hyper-V (which is integrated in Windows 8), for the situations that call for it?  I don’t think you’d need a full hardware emulation, just ported system software.

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    • http://twitter.com/ImTeddeRz James

      xbox disks already play on pc you just need the right programs to rip them. but to play them there is not a emulator yet as your computer specs are not high enough

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  • http://twitter.com/Hugz_Plz Evan Rodney

    uh…wont it just be way out competed by steam?

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    • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

      If they could somehow make XBLA games work on window 8 they have a chance. Otherwise good luck, especially when steam decides to implement a metro interface.

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      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        I think you can bet good money that is what is going to be announced later in the week. Not throught emulation but through updated developer tools that will make a direct compilation of an XBLA game for Windows a piece of cake.

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      • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

        if the game was written in XNA, a windows port would be easy. A lot of XBLA games are written directly for 360 hardware though :/

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      • http://twitter.com/Hugz_Plz Evan Rodney

        all good points! but will the cost for a monthly or yearly subscription to xbox live remain? that could tilt the odds for steam

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      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        There never was a subscription for GfWL on PC and there won’t be for this either. I do agree however that the subscriptions on the XBOX need to be changed somewhat, especially the Gold requirement for services that require an additional paid subscription.

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      • http://twitter.com/Hugz_Plz Evan Rodney

        Seems my argument is invalid.

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZEMAROLRT4K2P3VOMGIZDHNTD4 David

        I think you’ll find there was. And Microsoft stopped charging because the uptake for Windows Live Gold was very low.

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      • http://twitter.com/mattakadanja Matt Turner

        Yes, GFWL was the same price as XBL…until it failed to make an impression in the marketplace.  No one wanted to pay to play pc online games when they never had to before. So, they droppped the price to free.

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      • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

        if the game was written in XNA, a windows port would be easy. A lot of XBLA games are written directly for 360 hardware though :/

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      • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

        if the game was written in XNA, a windows port would be easy. A lot of XBLA games are written directly for 360 hardware though :/

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      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        I think you can bet good money that is what is going to be announced later in the week. Not throught emulation but through updated developer tools that will make a direct compilation of an XBLA game for Windows a piece of cake.

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      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        I think you can bet good money that is what is going to be announced later in the week. Not throught emulation but through updated developer tools that will make a direct compilation of an XBLA game for Windows a piece of cake.

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    • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

      If they could somehow make XBLA games work on window 8 they have a chance. Otherwise good luck, especially when steam decides to implement a metro interface.

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    • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

      If they could somehow make XBLA games work on window 8 they have a chance. Otherwise good luck, especially when steam decides to implement a metro interface.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674106424 Devon Edwards

    So there’s no need for an Xbox console anymore?

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  • http://twitter.com/333tennis The

    I’m guessing this will be a sort of entertainment portal replacing windows media center yes I know that’s still there but in the long run.

    One thing MS should do if this is going to work is have a filter so touch, gamepad and keyboard/mouse games can all be filtered by users if Microsoft is not going to limit what kind of games are sold through this as if I’m on a tablet I might want to see just touch titles only.

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  • http://twitter.com/OoMelyannaoO Chiara Pasquini

    Looks awesome.
    I wonder if the price point of games for Windows 8 – XBLA will be more similar to WP7 games or to “real” XBLA games.

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  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Troll, troll, troll. The latest game that’s taking the nation by storm! Spot the lame, boorish, inflammatory comments that make this once fun blog the equal of YouTube videos.

    Major, wasn’t the point of moving the comments system over to Disqus so that you could ban jerks?

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  • SiNTAX

    Really love the metro interface, but please please please can we have the option to “hide avatar” please!

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  • J TRIPLE DASH

    the games on demand version of red dead redemption never got the patch that was needed to play the new dlc and has made the game near unplayable. why is this constantly happening? it happened with street fighter and a few other games in the past and I thought that would be the end of these situations but sadly its not. It was said the price of the “god” was for “convenience to the player” is that really the case when god users get treated like this? I phoned Ms and they said rockstar are working to sort the situation and I asked why no one at the live end made sure that the correct content/updates went out to all versions and the guy said its the devs that send it out not Ms. BULLSHIT!!! I won’t be buying anymore god after this as Ms likes to forget about us and makes us wait longer then anyone else. I’m even on the verge of getting rid of my flopbox because of the poor treatment it gives to xbla games & their devs and also us who pay a monthly fee for what? You are taking the piss now Ms

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  • http://twitter.com/tbhjr Tim Higginbotham, Jr

    I’ll keep Xbox Live on my Xbox, thank you.

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  • http://twitter.com/AsladaGSX Aslada GSX

    PC で XBLA Hexic が出来るってこと?

    Can I play XBLA games — examply, Hexic. —  on pc ?

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  • Logic Squirrel

    No thank you.

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  • Andrei Marincean

    If it’s going to make me pay 60 bucks a year to play online on my pc, I’m throwing my PC out the window and move in the forest.

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  • http://Xbox720Release.net Xbox 720

    Thats what microsoft is going to offer in windows 8. Xbox Live tv shows through your windows, Best features really it is. play with your xbox.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001756392152 Julian Schurgers

    Music and video are integrated in Xbox Live, so what is gonna happen with Zune? I really like the brand Zune, so please keep it. And what is gonna happen to Games for Windows – Live?

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