Can Windows 8 and XBox 720 Be Merged?

Windows 8 is expected to run across a variety of formats, desktops, tablets, netbooks, laptops, x86 and ARM. So the question is can Windows 8 and XBox 720 be merged so that Windows 8 will also run on Xbox720?

Here is the issue. Consider that when Xbox developers write code for their games, they specifically target circuits, like vector units, and shaders that exist in an Xbox 360 unit. However, those elements may not exist on a PC.  You can have emulators in place to make the transition. Yet, the Xbox user interface is distinctively different from the one on a PC. Xbox users may not be enamored by a less than optimum interface for their games.

Xbox Live and Windows 8

Now comes a possibility. Xbox will merge with Windows 8. Is that possible? Considering that Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live is coming to Windows 8, yes it is possible.

Consider that the missing feature from Windows 8, is the Xbox Dashboard interface; however, the upcoming Dashboard update that Microsoft unveiled at E3 has a resemblance to Windows Phone 7′s Metro UI style which uses live tiles grouped together to organize content. This is similar to Windows 8′s Metro-inspired tile-based interface. In other words, even if the Xbox 720 doesn’t run Windows 8, it will still have the appearance like Windows 8.

A Unified Interface

In the end, what Microsoft needs to exploit is a singular user interface. This will eliminate the temptation to create alternative systems and instead have one OS ready to be used in multiple capacities.

Some speculation is in order here. For instance, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 may support the same apps. This comes in view that Windows Phone 7 already has some Xbox Live support. So perhaps the Xbox UI and Windows UI may indeed be the same, because  both elements of the Xbox OS and Windows 8 OS will merge together.


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9 Responses to Can Windows 8 and XBox 720 Be Merged?

  1. Aulex August 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I doubt microsoft would do this, they would lose an unbelievable amount of money out of this, because most people have a pc (90% of the market) so the only thing they will need to do is upgrade their comps or buy a better one and none of these expenses will go towards MS. So if they did do this they would probably increase the price of windows greatly to make up for the loss

    • Skuzbat / Fozee August 24, 2011 at 8:38 am #

      It’s likely they would use some special Xbox disc drive that you would need to play the games. If protected well enough, it would shut down the piracy that would come with playing Xbox titles on PC. 

      • MASTER260 August 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

        Well, there’s a rumor Win 8 will be compatible with 360 games…

      • Cheyan Setayesh August 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

        That could be a possibility, but they would need to charge 200 dollars to sill keep their profit upkeep, this isn’t going to be a very popular thing. If MS decides to sell it for like 50 dollars they still have the issue of people wanting to upgrade their comp, which will probably restrict people, also we know that at least half the xbox network consists of prepubescent 12 year old little boys, i doubt they know how to change the drive, so they would have to pay tech support to do it which is another expense. Also, many people only have laptops (I hate this) so i doubt they will be good at gaming meaning they will have to purchase a new laptop. So I strongly believe that Microsoft would do this, I feel that they’re going to release a new Xbox when they release halo 4, maybe a halo pack or something like that, it would be a good marketing decision.

    • timotim August 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      Think about it. MS has their OS (Windows 7) running on well over 400 million PCs, while the Xbox is only at 55 in comparison. However, MS doesn’t make a ton of money on every Xbox 360 sold…most OS the money comes from their 30% cut off of games and 100% peripherals. Right now MS can only sell their games to no more than 55 million…but with Windows 8 100s of millions of PCs sold, they then have a whole new crop of people to sell games to, thus making more money.
      Some people think this might cut into Xbox sales though, why buy an Xbox if you already have a PC running Windows 8. I don’t see that as a problem either due to Xbox now being on the low end – price point wise – while a new PC would cost $500 on up. Nobody is going to spend $500 on a new PC/Xbox for each bedroom when an actual Xbox can be had for $150. If MS goes low with Xbox and mid to high with Windows 8 then they could sell millions more games while maintaining a healthy ecosystem for both.
      I do feel some people will be let down even if they do this. I don’t see MS allowing disc based Xbox 360 games to be played on Windows 8. Yes, MS did add new encryptions to the game discs but most devices wont even ship with an optical drive and MS cant guarantee the one in your PC being compat with these discs. I think if MS does do this it would only be for their digital games (Games on Demand, Live Arcade, Indie Games).
      What I do not see is MS making Xbox 720 games run on Windows 8. Xbox 720’s specs are going to be way too high to be affordable by most PCs of its time. Adding that cost on top of Windows 8 specs is going to be too great for most to care. It would be like requiring the latest/greatest graphics card and RAM regardless if you need it or not.

  2. MASTER260 August 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    “In the end, what Microsoft needs to exploit is a singular user interface.” Well, they don’t seem to be having one universal OS, but if you’re talking about one universal UI, that’s exactly what they’re doing.  & that’s kinda why Twist Control, (the next major 360 Dashobard update,) looks like Windows 8 which looks like Windows Phone 7…

  3. Charles Teague August 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I think MS has to do this to maintain viability for Windows long term. XBox is extremely successful product, and Windows as-is has got to see the writing on the wall. The best possible scenario for MS is to enable common user-experience across Windows, XBox and Windows Phone, and to allow developers to build and deploy to all three platforms easily and commonly. This is a coup, also. In the end, if they don’t get into the digital content delivery business, and start seriously planning to get out of the physical media delivery business, they’re going to be hurting. Just as I can buy a game on Steam and play it on my Windows PC and my Mac, I should be able to buy a game in Games for Windows Live and play it on my PC, on my XBox and on my phone. This is nothing but home run.

  4. anon October 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    your english is terrible.

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