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Microsoft Confirms Xbox Live is Coming to Windows 8


Xbox Live under Windows 8

Windows 8 just got a lot more attractive for those of you who enjoy PC gaming: Microsoft’s Larry Hryb has confirmed in a post on his Major Nelson blog that the company’s upcoming operating system will feature Xbox Live.

With the introduction of Xbox Live, you’ll be able to access all of your games, music, movies and TV shows on any of your Microsoft and Windows devices. That means it won’t just be coming to your PC, but it will also be coming to your Windows 8 tablet, too. Microsoft even posted a screenshot (above) of Xbox Live in action under the Windows 8 OS.

Hryb says the introduction of Xbox Live to Windows is part of Microsoft’s vision is to “bring you all the entertainment you want”:

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.

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.

Xbox Live is already available on smartphones powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, however, its implementation under Windows 8 devices is expected to go a little deeper. I’m sure we’ll know a lot more about it once Microsoft shows it off at the BUILD conference in California this week.

Are you pleased that Xbox Live will be coming to Windows 8? And if you’re a Mac user, will this tempt you to switch to the dark side?

[via Pocket-lint]

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