Windows 8 Will Feature Xbox Live Integration
Speaking in an interview with Seattle Times, Mike Delman, VP of global marketing at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business group has said the company plans on integrating Xbox Live into Windows 8 as an entertainment service.
“I think that’s going to be a good play for us,” he said. “If we have that and the PCs to leverage, that will be a big Live base. It’s our job to make [it to where you can] ‘buy a movie in one place and play it everywhere, buy a game in one place and play it everywhere.’ Making things portable will be a big focus of ours.”
In terms of how the service and content will be integrated into the operating system, Delman said there will be a “lot of similarities in design and service philosophy.”
“Whether it’s us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we’re committed to that,” he said. “Xbox Live will the pervasive media service across devices.”
Windows 8 is expected to release next year, with a possible reveal during the Consumer Electronics Show in 2012.