Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Windows 8 to play Xbox 360 games

Reports from CVG are that the next version of Windows PC version, will be able to play Xbox 360 games natively from the PC. The PC system currently supports the plug and play controllers and of course the latest innovation the Kinect.

I think this could be a potentially great idea, the resent the support of Apple app store for the Mac. Which is a continuation of the popularity of the IOS gaming system. Allowing the gamers to purchase games on their phones, then transfer this purchase across to their desktop system.

I assume there will be a refresh to the Xbox 360 in the next couple of years, so this could be the perfect opportunity to unite the gaming users between console and PC.

Here's the report from CVG:

Unconfirmed reports claim that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will allow users to play Xbox 360 games on their PCs.

According to InsiderIs sources, Xbox 360 on PC will have a subscription fee like Xbox Live, but online gaming will run on Windows Live Marketplace, meaning - at least initially - that PC users won't be able to compete against console owners.

The site suggests an additional revenue stream and the chance to extend the current generation hardware lifespan are behind the move.

Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date for Windows 8, or the full feature set for the operating system, so take this all with a large pinch of salt for now.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to merge Xbox.com and Games For Windows Marketplace to create a one-stop-shop for players.

"Games For Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com," it said

"Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It's convenient, it's concentrated, and it's a whole lot of great games."

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