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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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.

I agree, I just cant help myself to think there is a market for opengl, linux native games (wich would easily work on mac), It would of course be a very small market, thinking around pre golden age of DOS games. But an over the interenet, small credit charge for a full game could be enough if you are aware that you probably wont afford to get the ferrari.

Hey even DS seems to get by.
As for Vista, it just could be the windows that makes me go for Debian.
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