Going LIVE with Halo 2 for Windows Vista

This weekend I was able to give Halo 2 for Windows Vista a test run. They have truly done an amazing job with bringing this game to Windows Vista. Tina Wood interviewed Jo Clowes from Hired Gun a few weeks ago on Halo 2 for Windows Vista talking about what the game offers for Windows Vista users and what is different between the console version and PC version of the game. However I want to dive a little deeper to the LIVE features that Halo 2 for Windows Vista offers.

Halo 2 for Windows Vista is Games for Windows - LIVE "enabled" meaning you can sign-in to your Xbox Live Account and earn achievement points throughout the game that improves your gamerscore (just like you would a game on the Xbox 360). Don't have an Xbox Live Account? All you need to do is go to Xbox.com and set one up with your Windows Live ID. Any achievement you unlock within Halo 2 or any other LIVE enabled game will appear under your Gamertag.

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I will wait off it until I get ahold of a demo version of the game to see if it will run on my computer.

Yeah I played the Xbox version of the game.

Is there any way to buy a license/CD-Key online? They don't sell it here, but I can "acquire" the media - though I need a CD-Key to game it online.

Computer Guru said,
Is there any way to buy a license/CD-Key online? They don't sell it here, but I can "acquire" the media - though I need a CD-Key to game it online.

I'd tread lightly on asking questions like that.

Someone just got a major slap on the wrist for asking that same thing for another game.

Thanks.

I don't think there is a problem with that though, just like with Windows - if you own a pirated edition and its time to activate, you can purchase a CD-Key right there from within Windows and activate it on the spot

Computer Guru said,
Thanks.

I don't think there is a problem with that though, just like with Windows - if you own a pirated edition and its time to activate, you can purchase a CD-Key right there from within Windows and activate it on the spot :)

Game Licensing is different than OS licensing though.

All I'm saying is that someone who posted asking for the same thing on Neowin just got a huge Mod slap the other day.

What I don't understand is how people have it when Bungie have admitted that it wont ship until 8th June, and every retailer in the UK is saying the same

It's been delayed worldwide, but it did hit the shelves on the 22nd in the USA in certain stores (I know Circuit City for a fact) - just that it was recalled mere hours later.

and that constitutes a great job? see to me, porting a game from one platform to another and have it work 100% is a good job. a great job would be adding content or fixing bugs from the console release. but this game instantly receives major negative points for be exclusive to vista, when there is nothing that vista provides that this game needs. this game would run better in XP. there is no doubt about it.

Nose Nuggets said,
but this game instantly receives major negative points for be exclusive to vista, when there is nothing that vista provides that this game needs. this game would run better in XP. there is no doubt about it.

They've got to sell the OS somehow.

Nose Nuggets said,
and that constitutes a great job? see to me, porting a game from one platform to another and have it work 100% is a good job. a great job would be adding content or fixing bugs from the console release. but this game instantly receives major negative points for be exclusive to vista, when there is nothing that vista provides that this game needs. this game would run better in XP. there is no doubt about it.

What is it with all the trolls lately?
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Do you not understand that the LIVE for Windows platform requires some of the enhancements that are contained in Vista?

LIVE for Windows will not work on XP.


So basically what you're saying is that they should have made this game have no multplayer aspect that could interact with the Live service?

Am I wrong in my assumption?

Morpheus Phreak said,

What is it with all the trolls lately?
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Do you not understand that the LIVE for Windows platform requires some of the enhancements that are contained in Vista?

LIVE for Windows will not work on XP.


So basically what you're saying is that they should have made this game have no multplayer aspect that could interact with the Live service?

Am I wrong in my assumption?

they said directx 10 wouldnt work on any os other than vista and low and behold some students are making directx 10 work on xp goes to show doesnt it heh

Morpheus Phreak said,

What is it with all the trolls lately?
the e

Do you not understand that the LIVE for Windows platform requires some of the enhancements that are contained in Vista?

LIVE for Windows will not work on XP.


So basically what you're saying is that they should have made this game have no multplayer aspect that could interact with the Live service?

Am I wrong in my assumption?

Pretty much, due to recent beta testing endeavors.. Live does indeed work on XP.

Fubar said,
they said directx 10 wouldnt work on any os other than vista and low and behold some students are making directx 10 work on xp goes to show doesnt it heh


Yes some students are making emulation layers to make the DX10 calls transform into DX9 calls which once again lowers the quality back to DX9 & removes all DX10 effects.

So you're telling me that they've got this all figured out?
Perhaps you should read things a little more carefully in the future perhaps?

OMG, dude I can totally play NES games on my PC, do you know what this means? It means that XP is fully capable of running all NES games, wow!!!!


I know I'm being an ass at this point, but it's for a reason. Learn what the term emulation means before posting this kind of drivel, again.

-Hiroshi- said,
Pretty much, due to recent beta testing endeavors.. Live does indeed work on XP.

"Games for Windows - LIVE is an online gaming service for Games for Windows-branded PC titles. It enables Windows Vista PCs to connect to the LIVE service, which will eventually include other devices including Windows Mobile and Zune. Users, each with a unique Gamertag that carries over from Xbox LIVE, will be able to play online, keep track of their friends' status, send and receive messages, gain and keep track of Achievements, voice chat across platforms, and more. Some games will allow for cross-platform play, including the upcoming Shadowrun game, which will allow PC players to compete against Xbox 360 players.

Games for Windows - LIVE is currently only available for the Windows Vista operating system. Its features will initially be limited, but will grow just as the features of Xbox LIVE have over the years. The service was shown in near-final form at CES 2007 during Bill Gates' keynote speech."

Just as a addendum to the above information. I was one of the beta testers for the LIVE for Windows service & it never would install on any of my XP systems and I've never found a way to do it.

I also did some extensive checking and cannot even find someone anywhere who has claimed that they were able to do so.

So if you're going to say that it does indeed work on it can you at least provide some form of proof?