MS's Online Gaming Service

Microsoft Announces Online Gaming Service announces plans for a gaming service that will offer cross-platform support for Windows Vista, Xbox Live, as well as cell phones:
LOS ANGELES - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday announced a new cross-platform gaming service that integrates games played on cell phones, Xbox 360 consoles and the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

The "Live Anywhere" service will be available as part of Windows Vista, Microsoft's next-generation PC operating system. The consumer version is scheduled for release early next year.

"It means that you have one online community," Bill Gates said in a news conference. "This platform can really unleash developers to do amazing new things."

The system would extend the company's existing Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360 console into millions of Internet-enabled PCs and cellular phones. No pricing information on the new service was announced.

"The vision here is each platform plays its own role. We really think we're in a unique position," Gates said. "Microsoft is probably the only company that can pull this off."

In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle.

In another example, a race car's stats were modified on a cellular phone, its appearance was edited in a paint program on the PC and then it was raced on a track on the Xbox 360.
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Re: Thats it
May 10, 2006, 00:26
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Re: Thats it May 10, 2006, 00:26
May 10, 2006, 00:26
 
Yeah Dreagon, whatever you say dude, this has been done already it was called "The Zone" ....

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No subject
May 10, 2006, 00:15
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May 10, 2006, 00:15
nin
 
hi.
this is just a dummy post so i can see my last post.

please do not read this message.

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Thats it
May 10, 2006, 00:04
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Thats it May 10, 2006, 00:04
May 10, 2006, 00:04
 
The final nail in the coffin of true PC gaming. They will all be dumbed down console ports from now on.

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May 10, 2006, 00:02
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No subject May 10, 2006, 00:02
May 10, 2006, 00:02
 
Yes, hell yes, please let them allow to play cross-platform FPS battles, I cannot **wait** to beat the hell out of my Xbox Halo junkies.

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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 23:37
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 23:37
May 9, 2006, 23:37
 
Because games will be written so that they require Microsoft's service to play online. It will be just like XBOX Live is now. You will have to subscribe to play games online.

you know what's really scary? The fact that the MMORPG xbox live games (Final Fantasy 12 comes to mind) require a subscription as well.

So you'll pay your ISP anywhere from 30-60 a month, then pay god knows what for "live anywhere", and then another 20 a month for each MMORPG you play.

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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 23:26
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 23:26
May 9, 2006, 23:26
 
I already pay for the internet - which is a networking service - so why would I pay MS again?
Because games will be written so that they require Microsoft's service to play online. It will be just like XBOX Live is now. You will have to subscribe to play games online.

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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 23:11
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 23:11
May 9, 2006, 23:11
 
I already pay for the internet - which is a networking service - so why would I pay MS again?


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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 23:06
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 23:06
May 9, 2006, 23:06
 
And ads. Don't forget the ads
And consumer tracking. Don't forget the tracking. In-game advertising is NOT a one-way street. Every player becomes a Nielsen family.


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Re: No subject
May 9, 2006, 23:02
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Re: No subject May 9, 2006, 23:02
May 9, 2006, 23:02
 
In any case it's a good thing for PC games.
NO, it is not! It will be the virtual end of free online gaming for the PC. Game developers will be wooed to it no doubt because unlike Gamespy et al, Microsoft's offering will be free for them to incorporate into their games and/or be part of the standard DirectX SDK.

If I were Gamespy, I would be shaking in my boots right now because it is going to become the next Netscape.

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Re: No subject
May 9, 2006, 23:00
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May 9, 2006, 23:00
 
Shit the name escapes me but I remember playing XvT (on dialup no less) on that old gaming service MS used to have. Grrrr anyone remember the name of it?
The MIcrosoft Gaming Zone, a.k.a. zone.com.

Back then you didn't have to pay to play though. Ever since XBOX Live was launched, I knew that one day Microsoft would find a way to get PC gamers to pay a monthly fee to play online as well.

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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 22:22
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 22:22
May 9, 2006, 22:22
 
So Halo 3 is going to be filled with aimbotters, speedhackers, and various myg0t players?

Who even needs all that? My mouse and keyboard alone should ruin online play for those with a gamepad
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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 21:52
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 21:52
May 9, 2006, 21:52
mag
 
So Halo 3 is going to be filled with aimbotters, speedhackers, and various myg0t players?

Is that what they are trying to say?

And ads. Don't forget the ads.

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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 21:40
PHJF
 
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Re: Massively Deceptive May 9, 2006, 21:40
May 9, 2006, 21:40
 PHJF
 
So Halo 3 is going to be filled with aimbotters, speedhackers, and various myg0t players?

Is that what they are trying to say?

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Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 21:29
Kxmode
 
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May 9, 2006, 21:29
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I'm sure this has nothing to do with Microsoft's purchase of in-game advertising pioneers Massive...

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=microsoft+massive

(Notice the second headline "not only will it work with Xbox Live and MSN Games")

Truth of the matter is when the dust settles and Vista, Live, and 360 are running at full strength Microsoft will have one of the largest cross-platform advertising vehicles ever created. From a PC gamer perspective this really worries me. Microsoft has it in their power to either support or kill the PC gaming community. I really hope they continue to support us but as it is now and not some sort of advertising monstrosity.

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I don't much care anymore....
May 9, 2006, 21:06
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I don't much care anymore.... May 9, 2006, 21:06
May 9, 2006, 21:06
 
Meh...cool idea. That is, if the interface didn't grant one platform an inherent advantage over the other. Or if I didn't have to buy another monitor which is windows compliant if I want high res video. Or if I really didn't want to spend $400 for Vista, which has been de-featured to become just an XP skin. And let's not talk about the masses of little pop-ups in Vista, for protection of course, which the clueless ignore anyway and which the computer literate don't want/need ('yes, I want to run an .exe file! I fucking clicked it, didn't I?!?').

There are three reasons why I run windows: games, 3dsmax and maple/matlab. However, I can find another numerical processing package for linux, and I can switch to Maya....I'm starting to think I'll have to just get a Revolution and forget windows gaming. No way is direct3d 10 (which forces me to get yet another video card, and according to that recent articel on HardOCP, another cpu) and playing against a bunch of whiny console shits (sorry, normal people; you're outnumbered) on Live making me want to get Vista.

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May 9, 2006, 20:59
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Re: No subject May 9, 2006, 20:59
May 9, 2006, 20:59
 
I think the Xbox360 has standard USB ports for the wired peripherals (the wired Xbox360 pad that can be use on the console or Windows PCs is definitely normal USB), so should be able to take a mouse and keyboard...

The problem is apparently that the movement in the X-Box is limited to the turning speed of the joystick. So while you can still play X-box with a mouse, you can only turn at the rate of the joystick - which is very, very slow.

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Re: No subject
May 9, 2006, 20:58
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May 9, 2006, 20:58
 
It sounds like this will encourage more cross-platform games, and as we know from experience there are very few good cross-platform games. I'm not jumping over the moon about this.

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May 9, 2006, 20:58
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May 9, 2006, 20:58
 
Is this going to be free or is Microsoft going to be introducing fees to play online as they did with Xbox Live? I'm not trying to start a Microsoft bash, I'm actually asking.
I would assume that there will be feature parity between Vista and the 360, so anything that costs money for the 360 will cost for Vista, which means you'll be paying to play online.

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Re: No subject
May 9, 2006, 20:57
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May 9, 2006, 20:57
 
One Service to rule them all,
One Service to find them,
One Service to bring them all,
And in the darkness bind them .

The convergence of which Bill spoke has been the holy grail for many companies for many decades. All have failed, as will Bill, because it is an unnatural, unholy alliance of mutually exclusive features and paradigms.

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Re: No subject
May 9, 2006, 20:50
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May 9, 2006, 20:50
 
So what happens when all the PC users completely dominate the console players in FPS games? I'm guessing people start a lot of console only servers.
I think the Xbox360 has standard USB ports for the wired peripherals (the wired Xbox360 pad that can be use on the console or Windows PCs is definitely normal USB), so should be able to take a mouse and keyboard...
It just needs the software to support it (the main issue with the Dreamcast M&KB combo was that only Quake 3 really supported it!)

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