Rumor: Xbox 360 games to be playable on Windows 8 PC's

Jul 12, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
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(PhysOrg.com) -- A number of different sites are reporting the rumors that are making gamers ears twitch. The rumor says that Microsoft is about to make a big addition to the desktop version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system; the ability to play their Xbox 360 game disks on their PC.

Of course, since this is only a rumor there is no way to know if this supposed feature is expected to show up in all of the Windows 8 machines out there, or if certain hardware specifications that will need to be met in order to play with the Xbox 360 games.

While this does have the potential to expand the base of Xbox 360 users it would also neuter the consoles sales, since there would be no need to buy both a game console and a PC. Though, if this turns out to be true, the company may have to deal with some resentment from the early adopters of the Xbox 360 who had to buy the console, pay to upgrade their hard drive size and then pay for a separate point in order to get online.

Then again if the rest of the Microsoft rumors turn out to be true Xbox 360 fans may already be onto the next thing. Many gamers are expecting the announcement of yet another console at E3 2012. If that is the case then the Windows 8 maneuver may be a way to expand the sales of the considerable library of titles after the console is no longer the newest thing.

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Husky
5 / 5 (1) Jul 12, 2011
well it could just be the ticket to boost the windows 8 sales, because with windows xp and 7 they reached a point (finally) of satisfaction for many users, so what cards does windows 8 have that justifies upgrading, i think this could be a very strong point especially if they seek to get expand their .
subscription and donwloadable content income from the xbox network. some Gamestudios would be happy for having not to develop a seperate PC-version. maybe it seems like microsoft is shooting in its own foot but they get a few extra legs to stand at the same time, so overall it looks like a very promising move
iPan
3 / 5 (2) Jul 12, 2011
I don't see how this would hurt console sales.

Many people buy a console because they do not want to pay thousands for a PC. Or it's for their kids.

This would only boost sales of Xbox games.

If the rumors about Kinect for PC are also true, then this is doubly good for me.

The only reason I don't have an Xbox (though I bought one for my nieces) is that I'm a hard core PC gamer and I cannot justify owning both a PC and a console (I spend roughly $3000 every 3 years on a new gaming rig), but I would love to purchase Xbox and Kinect games for my PC if given the chance.

I see no downside to this. It's about the platform, not the games. Those that play on a console do so for it's cost. Those that play on a PC do so because we're keyboard jockeys.

Games themselves really need to be platform neutral, then they make a lot more money that way.
sherriffwoody
not rated yet Jul 12, 2011
This is awesome. I also cant wait until more software comes out for the kenict on PCs'(when I say PCs i mean all PCs, an apple is also a PC even though millions seem to call them by a different name for some unknown reason). Imagine sitting in front of your pc, assembling a virtual component with your hands and seeing this on disply, then being able to run the assembled component and see if or how it runs??
mattytheory
5 / 5 (2) Jul 12, 2011
LOL at neuter!

Anyways, MS only makes money on the games. They actually lose money for each console they sell so bundling Win8 with ability to play XBOX games seems like a huge money saver to me. ZOMG THERE THEY GO BUNDLING STUFF AGAIN! LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE BETTER CALL THE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE ANOTHER UNFAIR ADVANTAGE SCANDAL FOR BUNDLING THEIR OWN SOFTWARE WITH THEIR... OWN... SOFTWARE... what?
d_robison
5 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2011
I don't see how this would hurt console sales.

Many people buy a console because they do not want to pay thousands for a PC. Or it's for their kids.

This would only boost sales of Xbox games.
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The only reason I don't have an Xbox (though I bought one for my nieces) is that I'm a hard core PC gamer and I cannot justify owning both a PC and a console (I spend roughly $3000 every 3 years on a new gaming rig), but I would love to purchase Xbox and Kinect games for my PC if given the chance.

Games themselves really need to be platform neutral, then they make a lot more money that way.


I custom built my state of the art computer w/ a 24 inch wide screen monitor for $1,400 ~$100 in shipping total, you just have to be intelligent and not buy a name brand computer for 4 times the cost *cough* alienware *cough*. People buy consoles for their own reasons, not necessarily because of cost. I (and many others I'm sure) have both

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