Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 8

By Brian Leahy, Dec 23, 2010 3:00pm PST According to a report by TechRadar, Microsoft could be eying gaming as a big focus for the forthcoming Windows 8. TechRadar claims that "the software giant [is] ready to put its weight behind the platform once more."

Microsoft has also hired Rahul Sood, who came over from Hewlett-Packard and Voodoo PC and is also the guy that blogged that Microsoft scrapped plans for PC and Xbox 360 cross-platform multiplayer because "the console players got destroyed every time" sparking Internet arguments about controllers versus mouse & keyboard.

Last month, Microsoft launched a redesigned Games for Windows Marketplace, which sells digital games and downloadable content. Microsoft's biggest competition will obviously be Valve's Steam platform, which is currently the undisputed king of PC gaming.

Microsoft has quite a large mountain to climb, especially after Games for Windows LIVE.

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  • "Microsoft's biggest competition will obviously be Valve's Steam platform, which is currently the undisputed king of PC gaming."

    M$ has apparently realized that OnLive is going to end up killing off the Xbox and has decided to do the one thing they are good at:

    Leverage their exclusive contracts with developers and their OS monopoly. The bad news is that they have lost the only IP that anyone cares about in Halo and they actually think that pouring money into creating a new IP for the next 10 years is a good idea. The last time they spent 10 years on something it ended up being Vista. Good luck with that.

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      • I think you're wrong about "nobody is concerned about that." I think that it's definitely a technology that will grow to become more important as time goes on. I think it solves a lot of problems inherent with consoles and PC gaming (hardware costs continually going up, maintenance of said hardware, size vs cooling vs performance) and could give rise to a day when portable gaming is identical to home gaming.

        That said, we're a while away from that because of the shoddy state of the US's broadband infrastructure and our seemingly ISP-controlled government is very reluctant to do more than quietly whisper suggestions at them. For an industry that is essentially given a duopoly in nearly every part of the US, they sure do have a lot of freedom to do whatever they like in pricing and/or speed offering.

        When broadband is truly broadband for the entire US and the ISP's are actually competing against one another for the best price/performance ratio, we'll see a day when streaming-based gaming makes sense. Even before then, as an optional way of enjoying casual games and/or demos, this could well start to make inroads.

        Of course, this will require OnLive to stop stupidly trying to be their own platform and instead focus on getting everyone else using their tech. MS, Sony, Apple, Nintendo. Hell, Sega could jump in. Activision could build their own platform off this. Once OnLive fails to make a dent and hits a rock-bottom price, I suspect MS will slide in and buy it out to use toward a next generation Live experience for a new Xbox and/or PC.