Xbox Live coming to Windows 8

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 will included Xbox Live functionality.

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Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will include built-in functionality for the digital Xbox Live service previously only accessible via the Xbox 360 console and (in part) on Xbox.com. Xbox Live's Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson) confirmed the announcement, which was revealed during the Microsoft's BUILD Windows keynote address. "Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy," Hyrb notes on his blog. No other details are available yet. Hyrb explains: "We have much more detail to share about the capabilities of Xbox Live on Windows and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future." If you're interested in checking it out, the BUILD keynote can be streamed online, here.

What Xbox Live looks like in Windows 8

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    September 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Xbox Live coming to Windows 8.

    Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 will included Xbox Live functionality.

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      September 13, 2011 5:38 PM

      Yeah this isn't going to go over well.

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        September 13, 2011 5:42 PM

        The end is near

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          September 13, 2011 5:46 PM

          I don't but people freak out the tiny bit GFWL implements Xbox live into games and now it is going to be a part of the os?

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            September 13, 2011 5:48 PM

            What structure of sentence you make?

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              September 13, 2011 5:51 PM

              ok, "I don't but people freak out over the tiny bit GFWL implements Xbox live into games. Now imagine how people will react when it is going to be a part of the os?"

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            September 14, 2011 3:38 AM

            Let me turn it off forever and I won't freak out about it, you numbnut.

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        September 13, 2011 5:44 PM

        Eh, there aren't a whole lot of details yet.

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          September 13, 2011 5:45 PM

          I'll bet that you'll have to pay for it, is a detail forth coming.

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            September 13, 2011 5:52 PM

            I'd be surprised if it was, because they'd be screwed on the gaming front. There are many non-subscription services out there.

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            September 13, 2011 5:59 PM

            I bet not.

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          September 13, 2011 5:49 PM

          People hate GFWL, right? Just imaging GFWL just always on and a part of the interface. I expect blood will come out of people's ears.

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            September 13, 2011 5:50 PM

            i imagine it'll be ubiquitous and you won't even notice it's there. there's a big difference between a kludge add-on module and an OS-level integrated service

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        September 13, 2011 5:46 PM

        why?

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      September 13, 2011 5:49 PM

      If its just an app then I guess its OK, but if its ingrained in the OS somehow then are they going back towards bloatware again?

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        September 14, 2011 3:01 AM

        All apps are ingrained in the OS though, thanks to the great APIs Win8 has.

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      September 13, 2011 5:50 PM

      If this fucks with the greatness that is Steam I will be very sad :(

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        September 13, 2011 5:53 PM

        I'm also kind of worried about this. What if Microsoft pulls an EA and only distributes their games via XBL? We are all fucked.

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          September 13, 2011 5:58 PM

          What? When was the last time Microsoft published a big game on the PC that they've also published on the 360? Fable III is the only recent one that comes to mind.

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            September 13, 2011 5:59 PM

            In fact, Fable III is the only Microsoft Games Studios published game on Steam now...

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              September 13, 2011 6:01 PM

              Damn you and your fact checking, I need a reason to be pissed at Microsoft over this! lol

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      September 13, 2011 5:51 PM

      Makes sense. Tie in the next operating system with Xbox 720 and future phone's. Be able to use the same apps across all three platforms etc.

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        September 13, 2011 5:53 PM

        How will you recreate a controller experience onto Windows Phone 7, and a touch game to a controller. They need to be separate entities.

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          September 13, 2011 5:56 PM

          that'll be on the developer, of course.

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          September 13, 2011 6:16 PM

          Xbox 720 to have Wii-U-like controller confirmed!

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      September 13, 2011 5:51 PM

      Who thought that was a good idea. Some things can be left alone without the entire earth crashing down around our heads. Xbox live works well enough on it's own it doesn't need a brother on every single Windows based object ex. Windows Phone 7. This is a very bad move.

      I can just see them trying to incorporate Games for Windows into Xbox live and that will not end well for the Xbox.

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        September 13, 2011 5:57 PM

        "I can just see them trying to incorporate Xbox live into Games for Windows and that will not end well for the Xbox. PC

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        September 13, 2011 7:34 PM

        XBL on WP7 is completely non-intrusive and works quite well.

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      September 13, 2011 5:59 PM

      Maybe they will drop game for wl and replace it with xbox :/

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      September 13, 2011 6:02 PM

      nope

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdf5n-zI14

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      September 13, 2011 6:09 PM

      So.... Windows 7 is going to be the new Win XP, that survived many operating systems released after it.

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      September 13, 2011 6:11 PM

      Something like this could be the first real competition for Steam, if they choose to go that route. I hope they don't, simply because MS has no business in this kind of thing anymore IMO, unless they really go the distance and make it an end user oriented experience, instead of an end user oriented scheme.

      However, one thing to keep in mind, is integrating a marketplace in the OS for PC games might get them into the same kind of trouble they have had in the past. I dont know, but it will be interesting. TBH I hope this ends up just being some kind of functionality for the next XBOX and has nothing to do with PC games.

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      September 13, 2011 6:26 PM

      As long as you can play XBLA games on Windows, w/o having to get them on your XBox, I'm sold.

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      September 13, 2011 7:23 PM

      unless you can play games i dont see the point and i doubt you can play games on it

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      September 13, 2011 7:57 PM

      All this will end up being is another shit attempt at Microsoft trying to jam a consolized experience down the throats of PC users and PC developers.

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      September 13, 2011 7:58 PM

      You know, if the OS gives you achievements just for doing certain things with the interface, that might actually buy them some good will.

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        September 13, 2011 8:02 PM

        lol...'You crashed Explorer.exe' :)

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        September 13, 2011 8:33 PM

        "Your services are no longer required" - Killed a program using Task Manager

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        September 13, 2011 9:19 PM

        if they did this i would switch to linux/mac because christ

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        September 13, 2011 10:33 PM

        I could see this as a great way of getting people to learn helpful commands that they would otherwise have never found out.

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        September 13, 2011 11:03 PM

        Let it go, son. Let it go. Ran a program in win95 compatibility mode.

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          September 14, 2011 12:46 AM

          No that should be for abrasion's Windows classic theme

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        September 14, 2011 12:46 AM

        MAXIMUM BOREDOM: You drew over 500 boxes on the desktop in a row!

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          September 14, 2011 6:11 AM

          lol I do this all the time when I'm on the phone with people

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        September 14, 2011 3:20 AM

        I MUST TELL THE WORLD: Discover a keyboard shortcut that everyone's known about for years (like shift-rightclick on taskbar icons), immediately post about it.

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          September 14, 2011 6:12 AM

          Achievement Unlocked! I never knew about this :D

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      September 13, 2011 8:32 PM

      Castle Crashers on my PC? Fuck Yeah!

      Assuming it's like how I have both my video library on my 360 and Zune on my PC. That would be sweet!

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      September 13, 2011 9:07 PM

      Hopefully they won't require XBox Live Gold to play "XBox Live for Windows 8" games. That was a move that people hated back when some Games for Windows Live games required Gold for online play. Steam doesn't require a yearly fee; neither do Origin games.

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      September 13, 2011 9:54 PM

      I honestly can't stand forcing touch friendly user interfaces on a desktop OS. I am so far not impressed with Windows 8 based on the videos of it in action that I have seen. I am also not a fan of where Ubuntu is going as well with its Unity UI.

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      September 13, 2011 10:00 PM

      Isn't this called GFWL?

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      September 13, 2011 10:21 PM

      And having just really looked at the picture, the avatars still look like shit. Sad day. :(.........

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      September 13, 2011 10:50 PM

      This is precisely the kind of cross-platform integration MS has badly needed for years: products as services, baked into every device, and universally synced and accessible.

      It will be more popular an idea once people get their hands on it.

      I for one welcome our WinZune Live overlords.

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      September 14, 2011 12:43 AM

      See, Microsoft cares about PC gaming


      :-/

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      September 14, 2011 5:56 AM

      Given I haven't turned on my 360 in over a year, this isn't such a bad thing. Would be cool to have my XBLA games on the PC.

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      September 14, 2011 6:02 AM

      Microsoft is so god damned retarded when it comes to PC gaming

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      September 14, 2011 6:24 AM

      Guess i'll skip windows 8 then. I can't fucking stand GFWL, I do not want any of that crap in my operating system.

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      September 14, 2011 6:45 AM

      One step closer to RDR on PC!

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      September 14, 2011 6:47 AM

      It's just GFWL rebranded as XBOX live... Nothing new. It's going to suck just as much as it sucks now.

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      September 14, 2011 6:48 AM

      You guys do realize that the current Windows code base is all modular right? And that you'll be able to pull out the XBL integration as needed?

      DISM /online /disable-feature /featurename:XboxLive

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      September 14, 2011 1:55 PM

      it would be cool if it would mean you could play your x360 games on pc.

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