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« on: July 12, 2011, 02:05:43 PM »

360 on PC for a price?

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Unconfirmed reports claim that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will allow users to play Xbox 360 games on their PCs.

According to InsiderIs sources, Xbox 360 on PC will have a subscription fee like Xbox Live, but online gaming will run on Windows Live Marketplace, meaning - at least initially - that PC users won't be able to compete against console owners.

 The site suggests an additional revenue stream and the chance to extend the current generation hardware lifespan are behind the move.

 Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date for Windows 8, or the full feature set for the operating system, so take this all with a large pinch of salt for now.

 Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to merge Xbox.com and Games For Windows Marketplace to create a one-stop-shop for players.

 "Games For Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com," it said. "Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It's convenient, it's concentrated, and it's a whole lot of great games."
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 02:44:15 PM »

I don't know how they could possibly do that, because of the diversity of hardware. The on,y thing that makes sense would be thru an emulation layer, which generally carries a pretty big performance penalty, doesn't it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 03:15:09 PM »

I'm guessing that an OS developer can create an API that is low level enough that it won't be slow like the typical fan-made emulators.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 04:41:43 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on July 12, 2011, 02:44:15 PM

I don't know how they could possibly do that, because of the diversity of hardware. The on,y thing that makes sense would be thru an emulation layer, which generally carries a pretty big performance penalty, doesn't it?
Surely they could make win8 hardware requirements beefy enough to accommodate it?  Or make sure the installer won't let you use the service if hardware is lacking?

When I saw thread title I though you were going to be able to stick a 360 disc in a pc and play:
Talk about a game changer.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011, 05:19:05 PM »

Quote from: ras752000 on July 12, 2011, 04:41:43 PM

Talk about a game changer.

How so? I play my console games on my console and big screen TV. Why would I want to play them on my computer? The only way I could see it is if I could play them on my laptop, but I really don't think most laptops have the horsepower to do that.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2011, 05:25:15 PM »

Quote from: happydog on July 12, 2011, 05:19:05 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on July 12, 2011, 04:41:43 PM

Talk about a game changer.

How so? I play my console games on my console and big screen TV. Why would I want to play them on my computer? The only way I could see it is if I could play them on my laptop, but I really don't think most laptops have the horsepower to do that.

If you don't have a console, it would be a game changer.

I'm not entirely sure that you won't be able to pop a 360 disc into your PC.  The whole thing is unclear yet.

As I mentioned in the PC thread, though, there's more to emulation than throwing more horsepower at it.  Since Windows and the 360 are friendly, in terms of development tools, it may be an easier process than it has been for other systems, though.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011, 05:25:35 PM »

did this really need two identical threads?
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 06:55:02 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on July 12, 2011, 05:25:35 PM

did this really need two identical threads?

See my reply in the other thread.  icon_lol
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