There’s a little bit of Xbox Live in Windows 8

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You might already know that windows 8 boots up in mere seconds, which is exceptionally zippy…for Windows. what you might not know is that it gives you the option to use “Metro,” the same sort of dashboard you’ll see on Windows Mobile 7 – and, as confirmed by Microsoft yesterday, will have Xbox Live built right in to the operating system.

This doesn’t exactly mean that Windows 8 equipped PC’s will be able to play Xbox 360 games, but it does mean that future PC gamers won’t have to download Games for Windows Live, Microsoft’s first attempt at a unified console experience on PC’s – mostly because it’ll already be there already. I certainly hope they put a heck of a lot of effort in to it, because as it stands now? Games for Windows Live sucks – something even Microsoft admits. I don’t think Microsoft realises that for the most part, PC gamers don’t want a console like experience and if the inclusion of Xbox Live right in the operating means many gamers will probably stick to windows 7 for a good while.

Until Microsoft stops updating DirectX for Windows 7, of course. What do you think? Is this a smart move, nullifying the chasm that exists between console and Pc gaming, or will it all end in tears?

Source : MajorNelson

Last Updated: September 14, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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