Microsoft Not Dropping GFWL

Since Microsoft plans to include Xbox LIVE functionality in Windows 8, Neogamr approached them asking if this meant a possible end to the Games for Windows LIVE service, since there is some obvious overlap between the two. The reply was no, offering the perspective that Age of Empires Online and "Microsoft Flight" are targeted at "the core PC gamer." Here's word:
Answer is no, Microsoft continues to support the Games for Windows platform, but we are making new investments in Metro style games. For the core PC gamer we launched “Age of Empires Online” last year and “Microsoft Flight” on February 29.

When it comes to the living room, Xbox 360 was the number one selling connected TV device in 2011 and we have 40 million Xbox LIVE members. We are committed to delivering extraordinary entertainment experiences across devices in a uniquely connected way. Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 is a milestone in that journey. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ll get a taste of some of the features we’re bringing with Xbox on Windows, but we’ll have more to share later this year as we get closer to launch.
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Beamer wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 12:06:
Creston wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 11:53:
Beamer wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 11:46:
That likely will mean nothing to us as hardcore gamers that will never touch the Metro side of the OS.

True.

Creston

I almost put that, but until I try Windows 8 I can't say for certain. The only real change I know about the desktop side is the lack of a start button, which doesn't concern me. I assume there are memory handling changes that are desirable. I am not paying close attention and won't until launch. I have no plans to build a new PC for a while and won't consider upgrading OS until I do, so it doesn't matter to me.

The Metro side, though, is clearly not aimed at us and questionable to me as a whole. I just don't get why they think anyone will want to use that with a mouse. I get wanting a unified OS, but this seems to be either the wrong time or the wrong way.

The thing is that other than Metro, Windows 8 is basically Windows 7 SP2. There are a few nice features in it (such as being able to reimage your OS from Windows itself), but by and large, it's just Windows 7 with a stupid new GUI.

So why upgrade? Even if you build a new PC, you can just reinstall your Windows 7?

Now, if you don't have Windows 7, I can see going to Win8 and registry hacking the shit out of Metro, but since most PC users will do that registry hack anyway, essentially turning Win8 back into Win7, I see no reason why the large majority of users would ever upgrade. The enterprise sure as fuck isn't going to upgrade to Win8.

So does MS really think they're going to sell 50 million tables with Win8 or something? Well, I guess maybe they do; Balmer is arrogant and stupid enough to believe that.

Creston
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