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Xbox Live May Be Integrated into Windows 8

By - Source: The Seattle Times | B 34 comments

Xbox Live will be integrated into Windows 8, and will likely be similar to the service offered on the console, combining Live Messenger, Zune, Games for Windows Marketplace and more.

During an E3 2011 interview with the Seattle Times, vice president of global marketing at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business group Mike Delman said that Xbox Live will be integrated into Windows 8. The revelation was made after the paper admitted that it was surprised more wasn't revealed about the connections between the Xbox 360 and WP7 devices during Microsoft’s press event.

"Live has been successful on the Windows Phone," he said. "Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment. We were talking about it — you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show's going to morph into other devices."

He went on to say that Live will be the primary entertainment center for Windows Phone handhelds. "If we have that and the PCs to leverage, that will be a big Live base," he added. "It's our job to make 'buy a movie in one place and play it everywhere, buy a game in one place and play it everywhere.' Making things portable will be a big focus of ours."

So how will Xbox Live's services and content be integrated into Windows 8? Naturally Delman wouldn't be specific. "There will be a lot of similarities in design and service philosophy. Whether it's us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we're committed to that."

Xbox Live will the pervasive media service across devices, he said. In fact, Delman hinted that Microsoft may actually unify most of its current assets such as Xbox Live, Zune, Windows Live Messenger (Skype?) and SkyDrive, as it would be "good for us and good for consumers."

Unlike the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft-sanctioned entertainment on the PC is currently broken up into separate applications. As always, Live Messenger is a standalone chat client. Those seeking music, apps and movies must load up the Zune software. PC games, demos and add-ons for Windows-based machines are purchased and downloaded through the standalone Games for Windows Marketplace client. Internet TV can even be accessed through the Windows Media Center.

Indeed, merging all Microsoft content and services into one client would be "good for consumers." Honestly, we'd like to see the unification roll out in an update for Windows 7 sometime this year.

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    cknobman , June 13, 2011 9:25 PM
    I want to "integrate" with the pictured beauty.
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    LATTEH , June 13, 2011 9:24 PM
    so if i buy a game for the xbox 360 i can play it on my PC?

    if true that will be cool. but otherwise i really dont like live i dont want to deal with it.
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    cknobman , June 13, 2011 9:25 PM
    I want to "integrate" with the pictured beauty.
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    john williams , June 13, 2011 9:35 PM
    That's it! I'm switching to MAC. And I don't like MACs either.
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    stm1185 , June 13, 2011 9:44 PM
    I like it. I can rent a movie on my pc, watch half of it, then go watch the 2nd half on a phone on a train if need be, or downstairs on the big screen. That's good.
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    SirGCal , June 13, 2011 9:56 PM
    I can see it now; you have to pay $65/year just to use your Win8 PC... At least to use the email, web browser, and applications... For free you can turn it on and look at the pretty colors... That's it. I can't wait for a good blu-ray software to hit Linux so I can tell Microshaft to take a hike.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2011 10:34 PM
    God I hate when Microsoft tries to put their nose where it doesn't belong. I don't want media nonsenses. Windows already has everything they need to have. It needs to become more intuitive. More efficient. And they try to add more pointless stuff in it.
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    jhansonxi , June 13, 2011 10:39 PM
    This will make it easier for developers to create and offer half-assed PC ports of console games.
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    Kryan , June 13, 2011 10:45 PM
    i didn't read anything in this article, or the comments. I just liked the long legs on the picture :D 
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    otacon72 , June 13, 2011 10:46 PM
    jhansonxiThis will make it easier for developers to create and offer half-assed PC ports of console games.


    Be lucky they developer any games for the PC..lol Console games are MUCH more lucrative for game developers and much cheaper to design and code. They only have to make a game for 2-3 different hardware configurations compared to the thousands of different ones with PCs.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2011 11:01 PM
    to otacon72. Your claims are stupid it only shows that you don't know anything.
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    alidan , June 13, 2011 11:05 PM
    Restatement3dofTedAhhh, the time-honored tradition of swearing, caps-locking, and text emphasis to hide the fact that a post is totally devoid of substance. Ain't life grand?Personally, I'm happy to see that Microsoft is finally trying to bring a unified media experience to the PC. Whether or not I actually use it is anyone's guess, but it will be nice to have a single option for accessing content, and something to hopefully challenge iTunes as a media center.


    i DESPISE live, and if i would be willing to take a 2 week of no posting again i would be agreeing with him with my own f bomb laden post.

    live for windows blows, and i dont want it on my computer again, much less integrated into the os... this is the kind of thing that makes me want to go linux when i finally have to upgrade from xp.
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    alidan , June 13, 2011 11:07 PM
    otacon72Way to contribute to the article, caps lock and 20 exclamation points how old are you 12?

    no, he is @#$% off that this crap will be integrated into the os in a way where you cant remove it.
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    adamboy64 , June 13, 2011 11:21 PM
    alidanno, he is @#$% off that this crap will be integrated into the os in a way where you cant remove it.


    Yes, as I'm sure a lot of us are.
    A lot of the news so far about Windows 8 has been pretty concerning..

    Maybe they're just trying to make Windows 7 sell more by making Windows 8 an OS no-one will want to use?
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    Lewis57 , June 13, 2011 11:42 PM
    It depends how this is integrated. There's a lot of negative comments in this thread but I found that with Xbox Live I spend much more time actually having fun because I'm usually grouped with friends. However, my xbox inevitibly died outside of warranty and I've now completed moved onto PC gaming. I still play with friends some of the times, and use skype to communicate via headset, but it's not the same.

    If this is integraated with a cost then simply put I'll stick to skype, It would be cool to have PCL(PC live) and XBL working together, like me and my friends all playing together on a mix of consoles and PCs, although I can't see that happening due to perhaps unfair advantage and the greater risk of bringing aimbots into Xbox360 games.
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    ProDigit10 , June 14, 2011 2:50 AM
    Another of MS's crapware! You can do nothing with that but get xbox spam on your screen!
    If XBOX games would work on Windows, now THAT would be a good marketing move!
    But no, don't expect MS to actually make something that the customers like!
    And when they do, they want to get rid of it as soon as possible!
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    Marthian , June 14, 2011 4:54 AM
    otacon72Be lucky they developer any games for the PC..lol Console games are MUCH more lucrative for game developers and much cheaper to design and code. They only have to make a game for 2-3 different hardware configurations compared to the thousands of different ones with PCs.

    How is it cheaper? You STILL have to develop the game on a computer, have to do licenses and crap, test it out on a console, have to deal with Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo.

    If you just developed it on the PC, you ignore all of that, many indie (and not so indie) developers just host their games as downloads on the PC without having to deal with much crap if at all.

    Also, like others have said, unless this means I can play xbox games on my pc (can't with those HD dvd's anyways), then keep it away. Steam beats whatever Microsoft offers on the PC by a HUGE longshot.
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    dalauder , June 14, 2011 5:09 AM
    cknobmanI want to "integrate" with the pictured beauty.
    Anyone notice this is a stock "hot chick with Xbox" photo? They recycle it every couple months. The only thing wrong with that is it's so lo-res.
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    Maxor127 , June 14, 2011 5:26 AM
    So Microsoft can add more bloated crap to Windows.
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    itchyisvegeta , June 14, 2011 5:48 AM
    LATTEHso if i buy a game for the xbox 360 i can play it on my PC?if true that will be cool. but otherwise i really dont like live i dont want to deal with it.


    That would actually greatly benefit Microsoft. The last 2 xbox consoles for the first 3 years of launch were sold at a loss, with Microsoft hoping to make up the lost revenue on the games. On a PC, the opposite would be true, from the money made with the installed OS.
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    eddieroolz , June 14, 2011 6:48 AM
    Don't we already have a free multiplayer service for many of our games? Though, having one central social hub would be an attractive idea...just without subscription fee.
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