The merging of Microsoft Windows and Xbox gaming gets a boost as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has officially confirmed that Xbox Live will be an integral part of Windows 8, which will allow users to control their Xbox 360 features from the PC. This was first announced back in June.
According to Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, on his blog:
“We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows. We are very excited about Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8. Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices. 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. At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE. 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.”
This isn’t quite as earth-shattering as the rumor that Xbox 360 games will be playable on Windows 8, but it could be the first step towards it – perhaps that feature will be withheld until the next generation of Xbox consoles is released.
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