Xbox Live is coming to Windows 8

Windows 8

Gamespot report that Xbox Live will be incorporated into the next edition of Windows. Xbox Live's director of programming Larry Hryb confirmed the announcement, saying "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." Hmmm.

Hryb mentions nothing of how the system will work, saying only that it will bring "your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices" It's an interesting announcement given the recent move of the Games for Windows Marketplace to . It looks as though Microsoft are looking to further incorporate their PC services with the infrastructure they use to support Xbox gamers.

The last time Microsoft tried to bring a Live style service to PC, we got Games for Windows Live, which promised cross platform play and shared accounts and achievements across PC and Xbox games, but delivered an endlessly frustrating store, and, for a brief time, an Xbox Live style gold subscription fee. That was quickly dropped. We'll have to wait and see what the Windows 8 iteration of Xbox Live will mean for PC gamers.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.