Microsoft's looking to bring Xbox LIVE to Windows 8. I know, try not to fall out of your whatever you're sitting in and writhe on the floor in shock. In fact, Microsoft already told us this was happening a few months ago.
So Windows 8, meet Xbox LIVE, and why are we talking about it now, exactly? Three reasons: We just had our first serious look at Windows 8, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb says he can confirm the marriage is happening, and...we have our first official screenshot (that's it up top).
Here's what Hryb wrote on Tuesday:
So not much, in other words, just the usual stuff cut-and-paste from the PR lexicon, e.g. "very excited," "favorite," "all...you want," "made easy," "power of," "look forward to," and so forth.
Let's assume Windows 8 arrives in 2012, as was at one point claimed (then later denied) by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The Xbox 360 arrived in late 2005. It'll be seven years old around this time next year. Even Sony's defatigable (for basically a decade) PlayStation 2 was just six when the PS3 debuted in 2006.
With the Wii U on the table, I'd wager we'll finally see Microsoft's Xbox Next at E3 2012. Xbox LIVE for Windows 8 could, in Hryb's "near future," thus provide clues about what's coming, and who knows, perhaps it'll even function as a "bridge" between the 360's sunset and whatever's around the corner.