Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8

By Tom Warren, on 10th Jun 11 2:59 pm with 98 Comments

New Xbox LIVE dashboard user interface

Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox LIVE service will be built into PCs in the future.

Mike Delman, Microsoft’s vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company’s plans in an interview this week. Speaking to The Seattle Times, Delman confirmed that Windows 8 will include Xbox LIVE integration:

Live has been successful on the Windows Phone. Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment. We were talking about it — you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show’s going to morph into other devices.

Delman also answered questions on how the service and content will be part of Windows 8:

There will be a lot of similarities in design and service philosophy. Whether it’s us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we’re committed to that.

Asked whether Xbox LIVE would be a cloud media service that works across Windows PCs as well as phones and Xbox, Delman confirmed that Xbox LIVE will be the “pervasive media service” across devices. He also revealed that the company’s Xbox LIVE and SkyDrive storage asssets will be unified and that the change will be good for Microsoft and “good for consumers.”

WinRumors revealed earlier this week that Microsoft is currently experimenting with Silverlight applications on Xbox and Windows 8. The company will reveal its true three screens and a cloud strategy at its BUILD developer conference in September. Xbox is clearly a very important part of the overall strategy and a strong consumer brand.

  • Anonymous

    This just furthers my suspicion that the next Xbox won’t be much different from a Windows 8 PC. I love the fact that Microsoft is finally unifying their different brands!

    • Anonymous

      really about time

  • http://twitter.com/reanerr Stewart Reaney

    Brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    Very good news indeed! Wonder how it will be implemented, will it be a hub or just have Xbox Integration in the individual pieces?

    • http://twitter.com/AsTh11 Alessandro Grua

      Let’s hope for a nice hub like on Windows Phone!

    • Anonymous

      I bet that’s what they are planning on.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA Diego3336

      I think it would replace the current “Games for Windows - Live” service.

    • Tom

      Baked into Windows.

    • Tom

      Baked into Windows.

    • Anonymous

      My guess it will be a Hub very much like WP7 is now except it will look very much like the new dasboard update coming to Xbox 360 this fall.
      https://v6l9uw.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pXhlOhp-c_GDzgVXyMv9IOKBLD2Da-HGlMMH8KJAbSdpdtWWi-pUDv8544EwoLWgGVkcYtkal-NOZVs_MHGn24NaPqPKif2UQ/untitled1.png?psid=1

    • Xxtumorboyxx

      How would an xbox remote interact with a win 8 computer? Wifi? Bluetooth?

    • Xxtumorboyxx

      How would an xbox remote interact with a win 8 computer? Wifi? Bluetooth?

  • http://www.facebook.com/luis3007 Luis E. Padilla

    So is this Xbox service be a competition against Steam and similar services?

    • Anonymous

      Most likely it will evolve to be…

    • Tom

      Essentially, it’s Game for Windows Live done properly.

    • Tom

      Essentially, it’s Game for Windows Live done properly.

    • Renzo

      Yup.

      I would be interested to hear what former Microsoft employee, and current head of Valve Software, Gabe Newell has to say about this.

      I was always of the opinion that Microsoft should contract Valve to handle gaming in Windows for them, with or without the Xbox Live brand.

    • Anonymous

      Microsoft should simply buy Valve and get some more exclusives ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Why should everything be bought?!

      I personally think that it would be better if there was group of companies that worked very  closely with each other, rather than one company owning everything

      Plus that would help keep the government off their asses hehe :P

    • Renzo

      I agree with you Mitch. Valve’s strengths are that it’s an independent developer, is privately held, and has great leadership – things that keep the culture very gamer-friendly.

      I love Microsoft and all but I would hate for them to swallow up Valve like that.

    • Anonymous

      If you think Skype was the end of it you may want to get prepared.  They are going to aggregate services on a wide scale and it will come fast and furious.

  • Tim

    So is the Zune brand now officially dead? I haven’t seen the music screen on the new Xbox interface, but assuming everything is now going under the Xbox Live name does this mean the Zune section of WP7 is now going to be a second Xbox Live section? I hope not as I personally really like the Zune brand.

    • Anonymous

      I am a big fan of he Zune Brand so i hope they keep it.

    • Tom

      Zune is very alive, Zune Pass will go international with Mango.

    • Tom

      Zune is very alive, Zune Pass will go international with Mango.

    • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

      Zune has been moved from the Music section and the Videos section to the Apps section in the new Xbox dashboard; I would say that it is being phased out. The Music Store will be the Zune store with a different name from what I can tell.

    • Anonymous

      Actually there are dedicated tabs for both Music and Video, and then there is Hulu, Netflix and so on in the Apps section which I find weird.

    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      I think the branding will most likely stay. Skydrive, Hotmail, Xbox are all under the “Live” umbrella. I think that is all the article this was taken from was trying to say. Maybe taken out of context for blog hits lol.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they would rename the service.  We’re no longer dealing with a “box”, so the Xbox name isn’t really fitting in my opinion.  It sounds silly as something applied to software services.

  • http://twitter.com/starksimon Stark

    Sweet! :D

  • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

    I can see Ballmer sitting back saying “I love it when a plan comes together!”.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      As long as he isn’t throwing chairs then that’s good ;)

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      As long as he isn’t throwing chairs then that’s good ;)

    • SteveBallmer

      That was never confirmed and I have no recollection of this event.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mattstocker Matt Stocker

      Haha

    • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

      You are the Epicness!

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    I just want to see media player, media center, zune, netflix, games, ALL THAT in ONE place. And not so fragmented for christs sake.

    • http://twitter.com/jjacob2k9 jjacob2k9

      “I just want to see media player, media center, zune, netflix, games, ALL THAT in ONE place” …it sounds like thats exactly what you’ll see in win8 ;)

    • NativeFloridian

      I agree fully… but I’m afraid that media center is going to be the one that gets left out.

    • Deavon

      It’s no longer relevant. Windows 8 _is_ effectively Media Center.

    • NativeFloridian

      I agree fully… but I’m afraid that media center is going to be the one that gets left out.

  • http://twitter.com/yardmanflex yardmanflex

    I think with the Anti-Trust out the way…Microsoft can get back to business..

    • Guest

      Responsibility for MS’s “lost decade”:

      DOJ 5%
      Follow on lawsuits in other jurisdictions 20%
      Ballmer 40%
      MS’s other leadership 20%
      MS’s employees 10%
      Apple loving media 5%

    • JA

      I don’t understand the Ballmer hate. I think its the pro-sensationalism media that caused the problems. Also, Vista really had a lot of changes, so its “failure” was sort of inevitable(Although I did love it after SP1). Anyway, I’m sure MS is beginning to get back to its winning ways.

    • Renzo

      I agree about Ballmer really screwing up in the first half of the decade (known as the “Longhorn” years) but DAMN give the man credit for getting MS out of that and entrusting his leadership (Sinofsky and Belfiore) to bring us back to modern times.

    • Anonymous

      Okay… in the CONSUMERS eyes Balmer is 40%.  They have been meeting and beating expectations and paying dividends – that is what a CEO is suppose to do.  As far as excitement in the consumer space Microsoft has put it on the back burner while they have carved up the enterprise and SMB competition.  

      They are coming back to their game and obviously they are coming correct.

    • Fartsmeller

      With all of the monopolies these days, how were they singled out?  All of the banks are continuing to merge together, airlines are all merging, and even the old AT&T will be one big monopoly again in a few years.

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!  Do you have any idea how many people will now be jumping onto the Xbox wagon?!?!  I have a feeling there’s going to be some “shaking up” of the subscription service.

    • Thomas

      Do you think it will get cheaper? Maybe they’ll have different bundles at varying prices points.

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking all sorts of different bundles at varying price points, or something very similar.  Not everyone is going to go out and buy all these different “linked” devices just to use the service to it’s fullest potential.  But MS (and to be fair, any other corporation), is going to try and get any extra $ they can out of people.  For people who just have a PC, they’ll have their own little plan.  For people who own a PC and Xbox, they’ll have separate plans.  And so on. 

      I’d be interested in seeing some cool “ultimate” bundles (PC, WP7 and tablet) when everything is ready to go.

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking all sorts of different bundles at varying price points, or something very similar.  Not everyone is going to go out and buy all these different “linked” devices just to use the service to it’s fullest potential.  But MS (and to be fair, any other corporation), is going to try and get any extra $ they can out of people.  For people who just have a PC, they’ll have their own little plan.  For people who own a PC and Xbox, they’ll have separate plans.  And so on. 

      I’d be interested in seeing some cool “ultimate” bundles (PC, WP7 and tablet) when everything is ready to go.

  • Fuzzyolds

    I am starting to realy like windows 8!!!!!! :)

    • Anonymous

      That’s about time :)

    • Alberto Zaragoza Comendador

      I guess the DoJ watch that recently ended prevented them from integrating their services?

    • Joe05

      Yes

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      I’m going to disagree.  While the DoJ obviously had many effects on Microsoft’s vision, I think building the infrastructure and content libraries, coupled with Microsoft’s lack of strong and practical leadership. 

      They are the only digital content distributor that can compete with Apple and iTunes with content breadth and integration.  In fact the iCloud already shows how much more powerful Microsoft’s infrastructure is. 

      Apple announced that had some 200 something million accounts with active credit cards (good thing to announce with all this hacking going on).  Microsoft has over 300 million active Live Messenger users, over 35 million Xbox Live Gold subscribers, some odd million Zune and Windows Phone, and hundreds of millions of Windows user (of course most of those overlap with the others).  All those thing are going to be interacting with SkyDrive and only limiting to 25 GB per account.

      On the other hand Apple is limiting users to 5 GB, placing 30-day expiration on photos uploaded, plus a maximum of 1000 photos stored, and offering no streaming services outside of the AppleTV. And they aren’t even doing mass uploads like Google or Amazon.

      So that just shows you the power off Microsoft back-end and all this new activity will be happening at the same time as the iOS 5 update. Of course over time Apple’s will get stronger, but it takes a lot of work, which Microsoft has been doing longer than anyone.

    • Guest

      You haven’t even used it.

  • Jackpope

    I still haven’t bought windows 7 yet. Why do MS keep doing this. MAke an OS and stick with it, and just add features/upgrade as you go. Don’t just build a whole new OS

    • Anonymous

      well i have used win7 since beta… so it feels ages since they released it. but we are different, i like changes, i like feeling something different about my OS. for me its good they “build a whole new OS” even though its not new… i mean, vista was a new stuff from xp, but 7 and now 8 will be based on vista. but obviously improving it alot. thats the way they work, and they have since they starter. and many of us like it that way, but many doesn’t like so much changes so they will not like it. thats how different we all are, at least they seem to understand xbox is a good brand for windows 8. and since they dont have anything to stop them from add it anymore, they can and thats good for people who like xbox brand.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I just bought a new PC because my old one was shot. I really hate upgrading operating systems because they are never as stable as the factory installed ones.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I just bought a new PC because my old one was shot. I really hate upgrading operating systems because they are never as stable as the factory installed ones.

  • http://twitter.com/benwallis Ben Wallis

    I’m NEVER going to buy a Windows Phone 7. 

    They should set Xbox Live free!

    • Anonymous

      haha and what has windows phone 7 has to do with this?… did you read the article? even the title says “Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8″ they just mentioned it once as a good service so they want to put it inside windows 8. still you dont even need to pay if you have it on your phone since it still doesn’t have multiplayer xbox windows phone

      and honestly… $40 for xbox live (in amazon) per year, its not a killer money, even $60 is not a big deal.
      i mean… look at WoW or Aion or Tera, Warhammer online. they are $15 per month. and even that doesn’t seem too bad if you work and get money every month, thats why people play alot those MMO games. and it seems alot of million of people dont care paying $40-60 per year either.

      if you dont have a windows phone, then dont buy it. if you want a free network service there is ps3 which wont be on your a Windows PC as a service.

       

    • Renzo

      The troll is strong in this one.

    • Mongo

      Hate Microsoft much?

    • Guest

      Redundant. The tophat already pegged you for a ludditte.

    • Anonymous

      Look what happened to PSN and that was FREE. I have XBL Gold but I make a lot of my $40 per year fee back in their special weekly discounts. Membership has its benefits.

    • Anonymous

      xBox Live is Free on Windows Phone 7.

    • Anonymous

      And we saw what free got PSN eh?  I’ll pay for protection and pay for uptime thank you very much.

  • Anonymous

    this is amazing news. people always complained about GFWL. i dont understand why… it just wasn’t never polished as xbox brand. lately i was using alot gfwl with age of empires, and right now im downloading an Age of Empires big update so i will be using alot more, and it never gave troubles. but xbox sounds a big hit since its a more polished brand, and it will make easier for people to get games through it. since i dont think they will keep both xbox and gfwl in windows.

    this is good for gamers, obviously i play mostly games or i design in 3d so its good news for me.

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting that he specifically says “Live” and not “Xbox Live”. 

    Hopefully they will unify Xbox Live and Windows Live and rebrand it to simply “Live”. Let Windows be Windows and Live be Live.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Same here.  Live is a good brand name.  If only Microsoft’s own name was cooler.  Because Microsoft Live Services just sounds gross. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.blakey Dominic Blakey

    Pray to god it all works as planned for Microsoft!

  • Mark

    Before everyone gets too excited, he could mean part of Windows Live Essentials, which is now integrated on something like 60-80% of OEM PCs. Not actually built into W8. Maybe it will be native, but I can’t see the EU signing off on this without at least a huge investigation. These are the same jackoffs who worried about bundling a media player. Think they’re going to sign off on bundling the entirety of XBL?

  • Fish-E

    Windows 8 keeps getting… worse :(

    First the horrible touchscreen like UI, now this!

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      Worse? I don’t know what stories you’ve been reading

    • Dhaoracle

      Everything looks bad when it is raining Apples in front of your face. 

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised that Microsoft is not selling PC games through XBox Live. 

  • http://twitter.com/Chubbaluphigous Monkey Brains

    Win 8 looks ugly and intrusive.  I take the time to set up fences and rainmeter to create a sleek desktop with the look and information that I want, and MS wants to cover it with a bunch of big green boxes.  There is no reason to use a desktop like it is a tablet.  My hands are already on the mouse and keyboard, it is faster to keep them there to do what I need to do.  Win 8 looks like it was made for the person who is still looking for the “any” key.

    As for Live integration, I want to know what basic services and operations they are going to put behind a pay wall.  Is it possible to completely remove Live from the computer?  I am just very much so against anybody telling me what applications/services to use, and I certainly will not tolerate my OS telling me that.  I have an Xbox and refuse to pay for Live, and the heavy handed approach MS takes with it is why I never will.

    • Renzo

      I know how to solve your problem: In Windows 8, take your mouse and click on the “Desktop” tile.

      Also, you act like someone is pointing a gun to your head and forcing you to use all this new functionality. If you don’t like the Microsoft ecosystem go buy a Mac and a PS3; or stick with Windows 7 or XP.

      They’re called choices. You’re free to use what you like.

    • James Butler

      My question is also about how deep its integration with the OS will be … and whether it is removable. From everyone’s experience with the deeply-entangled web browser and its security issues, I shudder to think about the potential issues for an “always on” cloud integration service.

      What used to be a meandering side road into your system (the old modem) is fast becoming a screaming freeway (always-on interconnectedness via broadband).

      Not everyone is an enamored of the little device thingies as today’s youthful crop of developers are. Some of us just want a system that does our bidding so we can get shit done without tying us in to touchie-feelite group consciousness nightmares. Here’s hoping this “everyone wants to connect to everyone else” fad wears itself out as quickly as possible.

  • http://gamrzz.com Gaming News

    Wonder How It Is, It Better Be Better Than How They Have Intergrated It In Windows Phone 7, I would exspect more since it will be put on PC :D

  • Anonymous

    As long as it’s free on PC I’ll use it. If not, my hat tips toward Steam.. Well, I think my hat will always tip toward Steam, but Xbox Live will always be second.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    So THAT is why there are references to XNA within Windows 8. It will be a awesome thing to have in Windows just for the Xbox Live Arcade alone and adapted games from WP7.

  • http://twitter.com/samthewildone Samuel Patterson

    Not bad…its good to see Microsoft listen to their customers once n’ for all. This will be a seamless age where your smartphone -> tablet -> desktop/laptop will be linked together for better optimization. Just like how Apple is seamless with their idevices, Microsoft will fill in the gaps. 

  • http://twitter.com/samthewildone Samuel Patterson

    Not bad…its good to see Microsoft listen to their customers once n’ for all. This will be a seamless age where your smartphone -> tablet -> desktop/laptop will be linked together for better optimization. Just like how Apple is seamless with their idevices, Microsoft will fill in the gaps. 

  • Thomas Aquinas

    I cant wait to see the Bing integration in Windows 8. It’ll probably be just as baked in as it is in windows phone, and the new xbox experience. Office will also be built right in and there will be nothing to stop them. Just imagine the implications of that. People Hub, Messaging, etc., all of windows phones best ideas will be baked right in to windows 8, and will work on any pc. That’s is just amazing. 

  • http://theintrinsicvalue.com Intrinsic Value

    Nice

  • http://twitter.com/hvnchrstn hyn chrstn

    Bring it on!

  • http://twitter.com/LuvinMiiself1st SooAmbitious

    well i makes sense

  • http://twitter.com/LuvinMiiself1st SooAmbitious

    well i makes sense

  • Yen Mertens

    Too little, too late.

    They ignored PC gaming for decades, I don’t see this changing.
    Games for Windows was a flop, their so called “huge gaming investments” in winVista and win7 were bluff. (I’m not talking about DX10 and 11, that’s a total different category).

    If you’re a PC gamer, pay attention to Valve, DICE, Crytek, Blizzard Entertainment and iD software.
    But not Microsoft.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s my bet… they’ll all get their own section of the Marketplace.   They’ll all go under Microsoft to continue their strong hold while retaining their respective networks.  

    • Anonymous

      This is beyond hardcore PC gamers…MS is going for the iPad/Xbox on the go in tablet form market.

  • http://www.gamersunited.se Tvspel

    This is really cool news. I like the addition of xbox live – finally a unison system for all consoles (including pc).

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivluv.life Vivluv Marie Hockman

    Wow this sounds great but how does that keep the hackers of the world from being able to hack into the system ? They can already hack with the computer into xbox live and now placing it on the computer will only make it easier. MS need to have a stronger hold on this before bringing this online.

  • Gophermaster

    Who wants to bet MS will try charging for online play again?