LIVE unites Xbox and PC gamers in one global online community
Posted on 15-Mar-2007 17:01.
Filed under: News
Microsoft Corp. has announced the extension of the Xbox LIVE online games and entertainment network to the Windows platform, bringing the online console game service and its popular games platform in the world together.
The first Windows title to support LIVE arrives in May with Halo 2 for Windows Vista, followed by Shadowrun in June and UNO releasing later in the year.
With the launch of Halo 2 for Windows Vista on 17 May 2007, Windows gamers will join more than six million members already in the LIVE community. LIVE members will have a single identity, a single gamertag, a single friends list and a single list of achievements attainable on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and a Windows-based PC.
Then, launching in June, Shadowrun will for the first time connect Windows gamers with Xbox 360 players in cross-platform matches using a single service. Xbox 360 and Windows gamers with a LIVE Gold subscription will be able to challenge each other in online combat to decide what is mightier: the PC mouse and keyboard or the Xbox 360 controller.
UNO, releasing later in 2007, will also support cross-platform play between Windows and Xbox 360.
As a single, unified service, the pricing of the LIVE service across Xbox 360 and Games for Windows is identical. There is no cost associated with signing up for a Silver membership. Gold memberships will deliver the premium online network experience for US$79.95 per year. Existing LIVE members can access their account and the full functionality of the service on both platforms at no additional cost.
Current Xbox LIVE Gold members will automatically have access to Gold features on Games for Windows — LIVE titles.