It looks like Games for Windows Live and Xbox Live are on a collision course. On his blog yesterday afternoon, Xbox Live Programming Director Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, revealed that Xbox Live is coming to the next version of Windows. The service will be called—wait for it—Xbox Live for Windows.
Unfortunately, Hryb doesn’t dwell on Microsoft’s rationale for bringing the Xbox brand to Windows, or the implications of the move for the future of PC gaming. The three sentences below are pretty much it:
Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices. Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy. At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE.
Oh, and there’s this screenshot, too:
Hryb says he looks forward to revealing more about Xbox Live for Windows "in the near future," so hopefully, all will become clear soon enough. For now, we’re left to speculate about what this all means.