In early January, Microsoft announced that it planned to bring Xbox Live to Windows Vista users via three games: Halo 2, Shadowrun, and Mattel's Uno. Microsoft has now issued a press release that says the first of those titles, Halo 2, will come out on May 8. With it, Microsoft will allow Vista users to enjoy Xbox Live—or rather, "Games for Windows – Live", as Microsoft calls the Vista version of its multiplayer gaming and content delivery system. Unfortunately, as we learned in January, PC users won't be able to join their Xbox-using friends in online games. Nonetheless, Vista users will be able to use their Xbox Live subscription on Games for Windows – Live, sharing the same friends list and gamer tag. For users who don't already have an Xbox Live account, Microsoft will offer Silver Games for Windows – Live subscriptions for free and Gold subscriptions for $49.95 a year.
Following the Halo 2 PC and Games for Windows – Live launch, Microsoft says it plans to introduce the PC version of Shadowrun in June. This time, the company says PC users will be able to play with Xbox 360 users in cross-platform skirmishes. As for Uno, that game will come out "later in 2007" and will also support cross-platform multiplayer.
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