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Article by: MrCHUPON
Commentary: E3 2006: Microsoft's Live Anywhere [Written 2006-05-09]
What's Live Anywhere?
Absolutely effing scrumptious, that's what.
According to Gamespot's live blog of Microsoft's E3 2006 press conference:
"12:44: Gates announces new platform--"Live Anywhere." Will be part of Windows Vista--will have one user interface, one identity, one friends list, one message center, one marketplace. Same as Xbox Live 360, same interface, embedded in Windows."
Xbox Live was such a successful implementation of an online videogame infrastructure that the gaming media constantly wondered, "Why hasn't this been extended to PCs?" Well, here you go. Xbox Live - for PC gamers. Finally. Still a single sign-on, a user who owns a Vista-powered PC and an Xbox 360 - in addition to a Live Anywhere powered MOBILE PHONE (huh!?) - will be able to play Live Arcade games, show off their gamerscore and achievements - from a single profile.
"...acheivements on any platofrm will add to one single gamer score, and GamerTag will be the same too."
But get this:
"12:53: Live Anywhere will have the same reputation anywhere, says Henson. He then pulls out a Motorola Q cell phone with Windows Mobile. The phone has the Xbox Arcade games he downloaded on his Xbox 360 ON HIS PHONE."
Color me baffled, surprised and giddy all at once. And you're talking to a guy who's scoffed at mobile gaming in the past. With such integration Live Anywhere could actually make me consider playing games on my phone - though, honestly, it probably won't happen. Still, Live is a great service - and it's awesome to see it spreading out to other venues.
Microsoft may still be stuck with the "old" way to interact with games, but it's still paving the way for the online experience.
The OS upgrade to Vista just might be one that I won't be reluctant to make. Tasty, delicious, greasy and oh so good.
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