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Microsoft Will Allow Xbox 360 Games to be Played on PC Through Windows 8? [RUMOR]

We all know that Microsoft's Windows 8, the company's follow-up to its highly successful Windows 7 operating system is just beyond the horizons. While its final beta build is rumored to be made available this year, there still isn't much that we know about Windows 8. Yet, here's a report that indicates that Windows 8 will improve the gaming experience of PC users. How exactly? By letting users play Xbox 360 games straight from their PCs through Windows 8.

360 Games on Windows 8
According to a report by Insideris, there's a good possibility that Microsoft will let PC gamers use their machines to play Xbox 360 games. And this would be done through a service which will have subscription fees (similar to Xbox Live).

According to our sources, Xbox 360 on PC will have a subscription fee (just like Xbox Live). However, when it comes to online gaming, it will use Windows Live Marketplace and as a result, PC owners will not be able to compete against console owners (at least in initial stage), due to plausible frustrations (mouse vs. controller).

This particular rumor can be quite plausible. The Xbox 360 is known to be a powerful gaming console, thanks in large part to its architecture that is very similar with PC. There are countless Xbox 360 games that have been ported to the PC, and the latter plays them just fine (of course, this would depend on the user's hardware). But still the details are quite scarce and it is still quite unknown if cross-platform multiplayer experience between the 360 and PC will now be possible. Controller issue would be at best trivial since 360 controllers can currently be used in PC gaming.

So how does Microsoft plans to do all this just in case it turns out to be true? Will Windows 8 play Xbox 360 games through some sort of emulator? Will the PC side be able to play full-fledged games like Gears of War or Halo? Or could it be games that are more along the lines of Braid and Limbo? Will it be applicable to old games, or will there be a new batches of games that are optimized for both platforms? This could be quite a challenging feat for Microsoft if they are indeed planning to let PC gamers play 360 games on their rig.
Xbox360 on Windows8
One good assumption would be is that they will implement this when the Xbox 720 (or whatever MS next console will be called) is already in the market so as not to cannibalize the current sales of 360 games and still managing to have a solid revenue stream using the previous generation console.

Unfortunately, the so called "leak" doesn't offer much information to the matter at hand, so one can only assume. In terms of credibility, we can't count on that either because the leak is unofficial at best. But it is certainly plausible for Microsoft to unify all of its platform and it will be interesting to see if ever this rumor will ever take off.

Microsoft's next major operating system release, Windows 8 is expected to be in the market next year with a final beta version expected to be released later this year. [via Insideris]

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