Microsoft’s BUILD session is now live and it reveals an interesting look at Xbox LIVE integration in Windows 8.
The software giant currently ships Games for Windows LIVE for Windows 7 PCs which offers a large amount of Xbox LIVE features including messages, friends, players, private chat, personal settings and private chat. Microsoft appears to be extending its Xbox support in Windows 8. A BUILD session, which kicks off tomorrow, will detail how developers can build Xbox LIVE games for Windows 8:
“Xbox LIVE, Microsoft’s premier entertainment service, is coming to Windows 8. Whether you are developing a game or another kind of entertainment app for Windows 8, Xbox LIVE can help your app stand out in the crowd and help engage and delight users. You will learn about how to implement our well-loved features like Achievements, Multiplayer, Avatars and Community and brand new ones like roaming storage and profiles.”
Microsoft revealed in June that the company plans to integrate Xbox LIVE support in Windows 8 but it’s not present in the developer preview build and Microsoft employees didn’t mention or demonstrate the support in a press briefing on Monday or its keynote on Tuesday. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) confirmed the support in a blog post on Tuesday. “Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices,” said Hryb. He also confirmed that the company will show developers how to build Xbox LIVE games for Windows 8. “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,” said Hryb. The company is also working on a new dashboard interface that mirrors the Windows Phone and Windows 8 Metro style interface.
Thanks to Stephen Chapman for the tip.