Microsoft: Games For Windows Live users can also log into Xbox One

Yes, Games For Windows Live is still around. Microsoft's bungled attempt to launch a PC game online service that shared features with Xbox Live achievements, leaderboards and even cross-platform multiplayer with a few Xbox 360 games is still being used by many PC titles, even though most of its users complain about broken features and code.

Unfortunately, if you are logged into your Xbox Live account to play a Games For Windows Live title on your PC, that means a friend who may want to play an Xbox 360 game on your account would be out of luck. Today, Microsoft confirmed that people can log into their Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles with the same Xbox Live account at the same time.

But what about if you wanted to do the same with the Xbox One and a Games For Windows Live PC game? Kotaku reports that Microsoft has some good news on this score. A Microsoft spokesperson told the site, "You may be logged into Games for Windows Live and an Xbox One console simultaneously."

That's excellent news and should make people who still play the select few GFWL titles very happy. However, we think they might be happier if Microsoft just went ahead and ditched the service entirely, or replaced it with something that works better.

Source: Kotaku | Image via Microsoft

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I still use it to play a few games and it's not a bad idea just poorly executed. I agree with the poster who said it needs to be overhauled.

amnesia- said,
GFWL needs to die.

Not really. Competition is good. But GFWL really needs an overhaul. No developer should use the service before it happens. For one the service should not be included in games sold outside of Microsoft own digital store. If you buy a game on Steam any trace of GFWL should be removed from the build and should be replaced with Steam support. Kinda like on consoles if you buy a PS4 version it will include PSN support anf if you buy an xbox 360 version it will include live support. GFWL should be restricted to games bought using the live PC client.

LogicalApex said,
This isn't new. The GamerTag has always been the same between Xbox and Games for Windows Live...

You didn't read the full article. It says at the same time. That's not currently possible with the 360

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You didn't read the full article. It says at the same time. That's not currently possible with the 360

That is a very strange limitation. No wonder no one liked this service. Why would it only allow you on to the PC or the Xbox and not both? Very bizarre thinking on their part.

I agree with the article they should just close this thing down.

LogicalApex said,

That is a very strange limitation. No wonder no one liked this service. Why would it only allow you on to the PC or the Xbox and not both? Very bizarre thinking on their part.

Thinking about it logically for a second, how exactly do you play a game on your XBOX and your PC at the same time? I don't see the drama with this at all. If you're on the PC playing a game, and someone wants to play games on the XBOX, one would think they should be logging in with their own XBOX account anyway, so no real drama.

However, there is the use-case where you need it for Netflix, but as I've gleamed from this place over XBOX ONE, nobody uses the XBOX for anything but games, so clearly, that's not an issue that should ever occur</sarcasm>.

LogicalApex said,

That is a very strange limitation. No wonder no one liked this service. Why would it only allow you on to the PC or the Xbox and not both? Very bizarre thinking on their part.

I agree with the article they should just close this thing down.

It's being replaced by Xbox Live itself, it's already part of Windows 8 and 8.1 and with the XB1 looking like it'll run apps/games from a store that you also see on Windows 8.1 and maybe even on the phone then developers can just move to that.

I also believe desktop games can use the built in XBL APIs like metro apps can as well, though I'd have to double check, if so then you can switch to that and drop GfWL.