Microsoft To Open Xbox Live to PC Users
Microsoft announced plans this morning to open up its "Xbox Live" service to PC owners who don't own the Xbox 360 game console.
Like to play Halo 2 on the PC against your friends? Starting May 8, you'll also be able to connect with other PC game fans using the same slick online service that Microsoft created for the Xbox 360. There's also an upcoming "shooter" game in the works where PC players and Xbox 360 players will be able to go head-to-head in cross-platform matches.
Here's how Microsoft pitches the new feature, in this morning's press release: "We're bringing together two communities that share a passion for playing online games, and we're enhancing the online experience for PC gamers who have long desired seamless game and voice connectivity," a quote attibuted to Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.
My memory is shaky on this, but I don't think this is entirely a first. Six or seven years back, when Xbox exec Moore was a top exec at Sega, the same feature was touted for that company's Dreamcast console. People playing Quake III Arena on the Dreamcast were supposed to be able to play against gamers playing the same title on their PCs.
Google seems to bear out this piece of video game history/trivia, but, like I say my memory is shaky-- if anybody ever actually did this, please chime in.
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