Xbox Live heading to Windows

Microsoft is planning to extend its Xbox live gaming community by opening up Xbox Live to PCs running the Windows Vista operating system.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  January 11, 2007

Microsoft is planning to extend its Xbox live gaming community by opening up Xbox Live to PCs running the Windows Vista operating system. Xbox Live is the online gaming portal used by Xbox and Xbox 360 owners to play other gamers around the world via their broadband internet connections. According to the president of Microsoft's entertainment devices division, Robbie Bach, 200 million people play games on Windows PCs each month, and this audience is one that will very much appreciate the chance to battle 'Xboxers' by playing dual-format game titles against or with them. "Vista will revitalise PC gaming," Bach predicted, alluding not only to the forthcoming Xbox Live access for Windows Vista users but also the so-called OS 'Extras' that will soon be launched for Vista Ultimate owners, which will include new games for the OS. According to Bach, 10 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold to date, with 160 corresponding game titles having been release. Speaking as part of Bill Gates' opening keynote speech at CES earlier this week, Bach predicted that this 360 user base would grow by 100% - up to 20 million owners - during 2007.

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