In a speech in Tokyo, covered by
, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that Windows 8 will be launched for PCs, tablets and smartphones next year, and has been designed with gaming in mind. According to a
source, "Windows 8 will represent a real new push into PC gaming. Gaming will be a key component for the whole OS."
Microsoft appear to have abandoned PC gaming in recent years. Even Sony had a stronger PC line-up than the software giant at
last year's E3
. Things have shifted recently, however, with the announcement of a PC version of
, a revamped
Games for Windows Marketplace
, and recent work on the upcoming
Age of Empires Online
. If Microsoft are serious about returning to PC gaming, E3 2011 could represent quite a turnaround from last year's conference. We'll know for sure in LA in just a few weeks time.