Microsoft talks Xbox Live integration in Windows 8, says service will be pervasive across devices and it will be the service where you get your entertainment. box Live will the pervasive media service across devices and Microsoft will have plenty more to show at next year’s E3……….
Microsoft will partner with regional cable companies to bring live TV onto the Xbox, a new feature that it announced Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3). That means the TV services will be provided through cable and satellite companies, and Xbox owners will need to subscribe to their services to get the live TV onto their game console. That’s according to Mike Delman, vice president of global marketing at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business group. During an interview in Microsoft‘s elaborate, two-story booth at E3, Delman also talked about plans for Skype on the Xbox, Kinect’s new capabilities and how Xbox Live is going to become an entertainment service for Windows 8 PCs. Speaking to The Seattle Times, Delman confirmed that Windows 8 will include Xbox LIVE integration:
Live has been successful on the Windows Phone. Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment. We were talking about it — you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show’s going to morph into other devices.
Delman also answered questions on how the service and content will be part of Windows 8:
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.
Asked whether Xbox LIVE would be a cloud media service that works across Windows PCs as well as phones and Xbox, Delman confirmed that Xbox LIVE will be the “pervasive media service” across devices. He also revealed that the company’s Xbox LIVE and SkyDrive storage asssets will be unified and that the change will be good for Microsoft and “good for consumers.”