Microsoft to interface Xbox 360 with PCs, phones
Microsoft has announced
a new online service that will allow cell phones and PCs to
interface with Xbox 360 games. Dubbed Live Anywhere, the service will
be integrated with the upcoming Windows Vista operating system, which is
due out in January 2007. In an E3 presentation on Tuesday, Microsoft
Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said Microsoft's vision is that
"each platform plays its own role." Two examples were shown of how
gamers could interact beyond the console environment:
In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to
send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the
two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle.
In another example, a race car's stats were modified on a cellular
phone, its appearance was edited in a paint program on the PC and then
it was raced on a track on the Xbox 360.
Gates added that Microsoft was in a "unique position," allegedly being
"the only company that can pull this [type of service] off." A report on
by IGN claims the service will "roll out when
Vista ships," although it's unclear whether it will cost users extra.