PC gamers have new enemies and/or friends: Xbox 360 gamers. Microsoft's launch of Shadowrun last week heralded the debut of cross-platform gaming, one of the major features introduced in Games for Windows - Live's paid-for service.
can log into their windows live account and instantly enjoy cross-platform play using their Xbox Live Gold Account. In other words I think Xbox Live Gamers who play PC Games to might enjoy this better then just a normal PC Gamer. I also think Windows Live Silver holds a huge advantage compared to other Online PC Gaming services.(Windows Live Silver includes Online Multiplayer, Friends List, and just about every other feature you have come to expect from Xbox Live Gold. Windows Live Gold includes cross-platform play and True Skill Matchmaking.
Micrsoft will be able to hammer out problems and compromise while still being able to profit.
Not if we have to pay for it; that's bollocks.
The paying to play online is rediculous. I have the same thing about online MMORG crap.
Btw... How about we give you die hard PC fans no games then? Atleast you getting love this generation, the last (or all of them) got few or none of the console games. [/rant over]
can't you two read Silver service for PC is Free 24/7. You pay for nothing and get the same stuff Gold XB Live players get. X-fire still should work as well.
console to pc compatability has almost no appeal to me. Call me when they can make it possible to compete against players on rival consoles.
There are so many rabid single console loyalists out there. How could it not be insanley awesome to go head to head with them, and take fanboyism to a whole new level. Now, I don't think it'll ever happen because it would be veiwed by the console companies as helping their competitor and I'm sure there would be some massive hoops developers would have to jump through to achive propper communication between the games on two different consoles. But it's a nice dream regardless.
Would be awesome if you could kill your friend with his X360 from your PS3 or vice versa. :)
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I don't think every game will translate well from the PC and the consoles... but there are many games that would. I wouldnt mind playing board games, and other genre where using a mouse or a gamepad makes no difference. I know lots of people are close minded about this... but I don't mind. I sure don't mind playing the same games on my console ($400) instead of paying $2,500 for a PC configured to play games. Also, PC gamers can just ignore the console gamer if they want to... having the option does not mean you have to use it.
The handful of PC gamers I play Shadow Run with say they really enjoy it. It's a lot of fun unlocking cross platform achievements, they put some good ones in there. The way the game balances without actually taking anything away from the game play truly shows hope for this undertaking. I personally would rather take some head shots at PS3 gamers, but proving to PC gamers that a controller can work as well as a mouse and keyboard has it's enjoyments also(referring to my skill level not everyones). Bring on Graw2 and Rainbow 6!! ooh rah
@bladestar - bring on some cross platform "RISK"!
some fps games, but mmo's, fighting, rts(if the game's are fair), or games like guildwars I'mm all for it.
It's a good step in the right direction.
The more unified the gaming community is, the better.
We can all benefit from having more people to play with/against.
Even if the PC/XBOX360 cross platform play isn't great right now, it's laying a good foundation for the future of online gaming.
The more devices we can get to talk across a single network, the more ways you will be able to interact with games from different devices in the future.
Kind of building up that "LIVE ANYWHERE" concept.
Gamers who "only" play pc games (if you can call them that to begin with) are not big fans of balance in my opinion so i can understand why they would hate this. Pc gamers can get a leg up on the competition just by getting a better mouse, graphics card or a just plan better system. Xbox live games are about balance; everyone has the same hardware and controller. I have a high end pc rig and as such i own players who are technically better but dont have as deep of pockets. I bought a $100 mouse and it made a night and day difference in the kills i could rack up. Shadowrun levels the field to much for pc gamers to like it. Plus its harder to cheat and as bad as cheating is on live its 100 times worse for most pc games.
As a gamer who owns a pc and a 360 i love that i can play live enabled games on my pc now. Live is very streamlined and easy to use in my opinion. I am cool with having less options in favor of more balance.
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