Microsoft to detail Xbox LIVE integration with Windows 8 on Thursday

Microsoft has issued all of their session information at BUILD in Anaheim, California. One of the sessions that’s rather interesting to note is “Building Xbox LIVE games for Windows 8”. The website goes into further about what the session will be about:

“Xbox LIVE, Microsoft's premier entertainment service, is coming to Windows 8. Whether you are developing a game or another kind of entertainment app for Windows 8, Xbox LIVE can help your app stand out in the crowd and help engage and delight users. You will learn about how to implement our well-loved features like Achievements, Multiplayer, Avatars and Community and brand new ones like roaming storage and profiles.”

Microsoft is looking to integrate their Xbox LIVE services with all of their platforms. The description of the event reveals that Microsoft is looking to add multiplayer games, avatar support, a community, achievements and new features.

What’s more interesting to note is the tags used to describe the session on Thursday. The tags include “Metro style apps”, “cloud”, “roaming”, and “games”. It seems like these Xbox LIVE Windows 8 games will be coming to the cloud.

The session starts at 10:30am PST on Thursday and Neowin will be there to get all the details.

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Cool so you have an xbox and wp7 and windows 8 and it should all gell together.... They must be drinking a different brand of coffee at MS

Stup0t said,
Cool so you have an xbox and wp7 and windows 8 and it should all gell together.... They must be drinking a different brand of coffee at MS

I would like what ever they are drinking to remain on their list...

Cuz its working....

MFH said,

Really? They could just rebrand GfWL to XBox Live…
...and I'm pretty sure that's what they're gonna do.

MASTER260 said,
Thus ends Games for Windows LIVE.

so what? for me thats better, if xbox is like the most sold console in US for months, and if someone mentions xbox you will think about games for sure, it would be logical to use the same Live brand for xbox (obviously), windows phone and then windows 8.

its not like they would be killing it because it doesn't work, it does pretty weill, even with age of empires it doesn't give any problems. but its better to use 1 gaming brand that is better than games for windows live.

MASTER260 said,
Thus ends Games for Windows LIVE.

Im sure the move form GfWL into the XBox.com store a few weeks back already started the ball rolling on this...

But it does mean they will replace GfW with Xbox...

oceanmotion said,
Here comes extreme monetization

Does this mean GFWL is dead ? Make sure that question is asked.


One could only hope...

oceanmotion said,
Here comes extreme monetization

Does this mean GFWL is dead ? Make sure that question is asked.


One could only hope...

oceanmotion said,
Here comes extreme monetization

Does this mean GFWL is dead ? Make sure that question is asked.


Ah, but if, "Microsoft is looking to integrate their Xbox LIVE services with all of their platforms," is 100% literal, that means we're getting back what GFWL was unfortunately a replacement for: LIVE Anywhere!

oceanmotion said,
Here comes extreme monetization

Does this mean GFWL is dead ? Make sure that question is asked.

well games for windows live is just a client, it can be replaced and renewed for good. i like it, and it works nice even for Age of Empires online, but it needs a new UI.
even games for windows is now part of xbox. and its better if they just rename it (at least) to xbox live for windows. or whatever. microsoft needs to be better than steam with xbox brand.

Xerax said,
Already exists, check out ShadowRun.

And pretty much nothing else.

XBOX Live games on Windows 8 will be super exciting. Hopefully this means we'll get Xbox 360 controller support built-in without requiring any drivers to be downloaded and installed separately!

dagamer34 said,

And pretty much nothing else.

XBOX Live games on Windows 8 will be super exciting. Hopefully this means we'll get Xbox 360 controller support built-in without requiring any drivers to be downloaded and installed separately!

I didn't see you said more, my bad. Yes, i agree, More!

dagamer34 said,

Hopefully this means we'll get Xbox 360 controller support built-in without requiring any drivers to be downloaded and installed separately!

Uhm...all I had to do to install my 360 controller was plug it in...just let windows download and install them. It's pretty much plug and play...

Zedox said,

Uhm...all I had to do to install my 360 controller was plug it in...just let windows download and install them. It's pretty much plug and play...

What I'd love from cross platform support, is buying a 360 game and being able to use that game on your PC, along with having your saves automatically uploaded to the cloud so you can play anywhere on anything.

Though I know that's probably alittle too much to ask... head in the clouds style thinking... heh.

McKay said,

I said "More" cross-platform games...

and microsoft control who develops for what platform? do you think its easy to maintain both xbox and pc?

yeah we wish there was more than 4 games... 3, because universe at war is the one of the suckiest rts game ever.

thats up to developers and i guess its hard for them to make and maintain both xbox and pc synched with no problems and such.

of course with xbox live integrated, it would be in a better brand name, so it could make developers make that dream come true. so good to dream about more crossplatform games, BUT microsoft doesn't decide that, so no matter how well integrated xbox is, if developers dont care, they wont do anything

McKay said,
More Cross-Platform gaming please!

Yes...because there aren't enough ****ty console ports. We need more of them.

How about implementing a proper Games for Windows Live platform....one that is an actual rival to Steam or even EA's Origin.

SoulLance said,

Yes...because there aren't enough ****ty console ports. We need more of them.

How about implementing a proper Games for Windows Live platform....one that is an actual rival to Steam or even EA's Origin.

GfWL isn't a platform, the platform is Windows, GfWL is just a side service like steam is just a side service that adds ontop of a game. The change here is that now with Xbox Live built into Windows 8 you DON"T NEED a middle ware client sitting in the background talking to the game and then the service. The OS will now handle all of that for the game dev just like how the Xbox 360's OS does for Xbox games.

This is better in the end, any gamer will tell you it's better to have fewer things running when you're trying to get the most out of a game and your hardware on a PC. Also this lets devs work in the different services into the games better instead of trying to work with another piece of software that could, at some point, bug out or crash etc.

I expect the Xbox Live on Windows UI, when you bring it up, will be the exact same one we will see on the 360 with the dashboard update, so that should give you a good idea of the look.