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Details on Windows Live, Cross-Platform Gaming

by JW

Windows Vista Live

I’ve been hesitant to bring this up, because I wanted to have all the details before I started getting pumped. But, now that I’ve found more info on the matter (namely, from Game Informer — the only magazine you need to read), I feel sufficiently comfortable in talking about it.

At GDC, Microsoft announced quite a few details regarding Windows Live, the first of which regarding the pricing. It’s exactly like Xbox Live: $8 for one month, $20 for three months, $50 for one year. If you are currently an Xbox Live Gold subscription holder, like me, don’t worry — you’re already signed up, with the same gamertag AND gamerscore that you use on Live. Yes, I said Gamerscore. All you achievement whores out there better grab some clean underoos.

Microsoft also announced that your gamerscore will be carried over to Windows Live, and that you will be able to continue adding to it through upcoming PC releases (like Halo 2) and exclusive “Vista Casual” games. I assume the Vista Casual games will have an achievement structure similar to that of the current crop of games over at the XBLA.

So, there you have it. To all you naysayers out there that said that Microsoft would never allow cross-platform gaming from PC to XBox 360… y’all just got owned.

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