Microsoft is currently working on building Xbox LIVE support into Windows 8, but could the company also be building in support for Xbox 360 games on PC?
A number of rumors have surfaced over the last few weeks concerning Xbox gaming in Windows 8. Microsoft confirmed that the company plans to build Xbox LIVE into the PC and into Windows 8. Mike Delman, Microsoft’s vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company’s plans in an interview last month. The latest rumor, comes via insideris.com. The site suggests that Xbox 360 games will be playable on Windows 8 PCs.
The rumors may be spot on if references to the Xbox 360 in Windows 8 are anything to go by. Italian site win8italia has discovered several strings that reference the Xbox 360 system inside the Windows 8 kernel. “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH” and “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH_RESERVED” are present in ntoskrnl.exe, part of the Windows NT kernel. The strings don’t verify that Microsoft is planning support for Xbox 360 games on PC but they could hint at much tighter integration between Xbox 360 systems and Windows 8.