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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May 9, 2006, 19:07
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Good idea... shame its just another bullet point Microsoft are adding to Vista in a vague attempt to sell the bloody thing.

Maybe they really ARE quaking in their boots, worrying that nobody is going to move from XP.

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Very Cool!
May 9, 2006, 19:16
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May 9, 2006, 19:16
 
This idea is brilliant! I'd like to see it roll into more than just games though; contacts, word docs, etc... Too many small devices just don't share data very easily...

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May 9, 2006, 19:18
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May 9, 2006, 19:18
 
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?
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May 9, 2006, 19:22
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May 9, 2006, 19:22
 Rilcon
 
"The Zone" ?

Damn thing never worked for me, stupid DirectPlay needing thousands of ports, stupid router only letting me map 64, grr...

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May 9, 2006, 19:24
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May 9, 2006, 19:24
 
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.

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May 9, 2006, 19:32
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May 9, 2006, 19:32
 
I think it will be free in a limited version, more expensive in a wider version.

In any case it's a good thing for PC games.

I think he also mentioned being able to buy a game for one system and use it for all. I don't know if that's just arcade, or if we'll be able to buy Alan Wake for the 360 and download it for play on the PC as well... I doubt it, but would be nice to give us both options instead of choosing. Although I'd almost always choose PC.

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May 9, 2006, 19:47
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I wouldn't be shocked if there's a free (with adds in the lobby/matchmaking system/everywhere) version, simply because an online gaming service is only usefull if it hits a critical mass of people.. even though they'll have the xbox/360 people, if no-one tries the pc version it would make the whole thing useless.

However, I'm sure there'll be a paid version with better options, messaging, probably voice chat, etc etc.

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May 9, 2006, 19:58
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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.

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LOL. Yeah, they don't make keyboards for the consoles do they?? My nephew has a first-gen Xbox and I swear, I just can't get use to the damn boomerang joystick.

I'm diehard PC-Gaming all the way! Woot!

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May 9, 2006, 20:25
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May 9, 2006, 20:25
 
All for the low-low price of what $14.95 a month.

Screw that Bill, maybe console players are dumb enough to fall for xbox live, PC people wont.

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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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May 9, 2006, 20:57
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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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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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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, 20:59
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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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May 9, 2006, 21:06
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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, 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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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 21:40
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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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Re: Massively Deceptive
May 9, 2006, 21:52
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May 9, 2006, 21:52
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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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May 9, 2006, 22:22
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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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