Microsoft to integrate Xbox Live into Windows 8

It appears as though Microsoft has revealed that their popular Xbox Live service will be built into "the PC" – something that indicates it could very well be a part of Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8. Mike Delman, VP of global marketing at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business group, was interviewed by The Seattle Times (via WinRumors) at E3 and had this to say:

Live has been successful on the Windows Phone. 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.

When asked directly how the Live service would be part of Windows 8, Delman mentioned how Microsoft wants users to be able to use the service seamlessly between devices, indicating the possibility of a familiar Xbox Live interface in Windows 8 as well as Windows Phone 7. He also mentioned how Xbox Live will be the "passive media service across devices."

With Windows 8 going the way of the Metro Design Language as first seen in Windows Phone 7, and the Xbox 360 following suit, it is not surprising to see that Microsoft wants to integrate their popular media/gaming service into their next operating system. They have already integrated it into their latest phone OS, so the PC market is next on the list.

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ozric said,
Does this mean Microsoft are going to screw us for a subscription to use PC's now as well as the Xbox?

You will only need a subscription for Xbox not the PC itself.

Mike Frett said,
Oh that's nice, please add more software I could care less about Microsoft. Unnecessary software should be optional, period.

I am pretty sure there will be an option to disable features as always.

And will they integrate Bing too, like WP7? Windows 8 seems to be a very big break-through for other Microsoft Products and services.

AnthoWin said,
Pity Windows Live is nowhere near Steam is for PC.
That's true for existing PC gamers, but more casual players or those getting into PC gaming for the first time with Windows 8 will be doing so through the Xbox Live and Windows Store tiles on the start screen.

Having games sold through Windows itself--together with the power of the Xbox brand name--means that this new approach is guaranteed to be much more successful than the existing Games for Windows Marketplace has been so far. A lot of existing PC gamers don't like how Games for Windows Live works at present, but if Windows 8's native integration resolves their concerns some of them will be swayed over too.

O5M3L said,
Like Windows Vista Ultimate was supposed to?

Microsoft still says Vista was a mess up, but as they say learn from your mistakes.

Kinda cool BUT it's going to **** me off that it'll be built-in and whatnot and HAVE to load up (even if it's just the frameworks) on each bootup so it'll slow down PCs and whatnot, especially laptops

n_K said,
Kinda cool BUT it's going to **** me off that it'll be built-in and whatnot and HAVE to load up (even if it's just the frameworks) on each bootup so it'll slow down PCs and whatnot, especially laptops

that its build in doesnt mean it has to run.
besides dont forget MS's promise on win8's boot time suposed to be lots faster then win7.

Shadowzz said,

that its build in doesnt mean it has to run.
besides dont forget MS's promise on win8's boot time suposed to be lots faster then win7.

I am excited just that Win8's boot time is gonna be faster because win7's boot time is pretty fast already.

scorp508 said,
Live != XBox Live. Did he actually say XBox?

You could always just read the article.

Yes, he did:

"Xbox Live will the pervasive media service across devices."

MioTheGreat said,

You could always just read the article.

Yes, he did:

"Xbox Live will the pervasive media service across devices."

You're making up a quote that doesn't exist out of different peices of the article. They asked if Xbox Live would be a cloud media service and he responded only with "Live"... no XBox in that particular quote. I'm ok with reading between the lines as it meaning XBox Live, but you just never know. Anyways....

scorp508 said,

You're making up a quote that doesn't exist out of different peices of the article. They asked if Xbox Live would be a cloud media service and he responded only with "Live"... no XBox in that particular quote. I'm ok with reading between the lines as it meaning XBox Live, but you just never know. Anyways....

Ok, then let's read between the lines. Live sevices for Games has been available since Vista was release.

So 'reading between' the lines, there would no need to mention anything about this unless it was expanded integrated with XBox and WP7 Live gaming services.

So sure XBox <> Live - however the information supplied is SPECIFIC to games and gaming and the online intfrastructure of the content servers. Thus, we can assume that this means XBox Live features and functionality will be in Windows 8.

So keep reading between the lines, just try to add perspective, history, and context.

Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)

carson2255 said,
Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)


More like windows phone.
It means they will take their games for windows live system and integrated it more tightly both with the xbox live system and windows.

carson2255 said,
Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)


Well, games built for XBOX are programmed in XNA. And XNA games can run natively in Windows too.

carson2255 said,
Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)

He said the xbox live service not sure if it includes the xbox arcade games or not but that would be awesome. Wonder if this helps them with the playing games against xbox and pc.

Jondalar said,

He said the xbox live service not sure if it includes the xbox arcade games or not but that would be awesome. Wonder if this helps them with the playing games against xbox and pc.

If thats the case, then it doesnt mean anything to me, I could care less about the avatars and achievements, why just use steam and everything is there, better and free.

ffMathy said,

Well, games built for XBOX are programmed in XNA. And XNA games can run natively in Windows too.

Actually they're not. Only indie games are programmed in XNA. The majority of XBox-games is developed in C++ utilizing the XDK…

carson2255 said,
Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)


Maybe the new xbox 360 OS is windows 8. windows 8 for PC, Xbox and Phone. hmmm we just gotta see what's going on.

carson2255 said,
Hmm not getting this, doesnt that mean pc will be able to play XBOX games, or this mean we can use the avatars and see achievements (Close to windows phone)

There's no reason games written in Silverlight can't run on Windows 8. By design, Silverlight is platform independent. In fact, it would be a great idea to bring XNA games designed for the Xbox 360 over to the PC where it's a much larger platform.

And hopefully, buy once, play anywhere.

dagamer34 said,
it would be a great idea to bring XNA games designed for the Xbox 360 over to the PC

That's already happening, noone is stopping you from releasing a XNA for the PC. It's supported by Microsoft…

For the first time the next Windows will be anticipated for what exciting things it can do rather then relieve our frustrations(Vista-->7). Maybe they finally have turned a corner!

That's going to be good, looks like Microsoft is heading in the right direction with Windows 8..I've never been soo excited for a Windows product until now!