Microsoft’s new Xbox LIVE integration in Windows 8 is identical to the company’s Xbox dashboard.
Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) revealed the interface in a blog post on Tuesday. Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE support in Windows 8 includes 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 handed out to attendees 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’s new Xbox dashboard interface that mirrors the Windows Phone and Windows 8 Metro style interface, will be made available in beta form in October.
Separately, Microsoft also demonstrated a demo app of how Xbox LIVE games may be presented in Metro on Tuesday. The game reviewer app allows Xbox owners to rate and review games within the Metro experience.