Xbox Live PC Bound, Will Debut With Windows 8

by Mike Bendel September 13, 2011 @ 4:48 pm


Last July, Microsoft consolidated its entire Games for Windows Live storefront into Xbox.com. The Redmond-based software giant is taking integration a step further with Windows 8, announcing today it will feature support for accessing Xbox Live’s growing suite of services directly on PC. Beyond that, few details are known.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to play purchased 360¬†titles¬†through XBL on PC — unless Microsoft has its own Steam Play equivalent initiative in the works. It does, however, mean that developers will be able to leverage Xbox Live on PC going forward — and all the perks that come with it.

“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,” reads the announcement.

Above is a screenshot of Windows 8 running the current Xbox Live interface.

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