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Microsoft Connects 360, PC Gamers on May 8
Games For Windows Live to launch with Halo 2 for PC
by Karl Bode 07:47PM Wednesday Mar 14 2007 Tipped by Annmarie See Profile
Microsoft is getting ready to let Windows Vista users game with Xbox 360 users via Games For Windows Live, which will launch with Halo 2 for the PC on May 8, reports Joystiq. Of course if you don't currently have an Xbox Live account, you'll need to shell out $50 yearly for the honor of delivering PC-based beat-downs on console gamers (though the MS Press Release notes there's a free "silver" tier, too). Also notable: Nintendo says they're expanding their online gaming functionality via a new partnership with Gamespy.

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cobo6

join:2002-02-18
Willingboro, NJ

console vs. computer gamers.

that would be great...so which is better console gamers or computer gamers? lol
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: console vs. computer gamers.

said by cobo6:

that would be great...so which is better console gamers or computer gamers? lol
they will just dumb down the pc games to make them the same as the console.

Deft
Stros in '08
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Grand Forks, ND

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Re: console vs. computer gamers.

depends on what the computer gamers get.. if they get to use the mouse to strafe,shoot and buy(these are my preferences) and the keyboard to buy and move so forth.. then i see the computer gamers to teh advantage..

then again i dont see this working.. there will be "lag issues" hehehe

Thaler
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Re: console vs. computer gamers.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the draws to playing console games online is that it made for a level equipment playing ground? Broadband connections aside, folks couldn't blame their console for not being powerful enough, buying more RAM, etc...you sat down, plugged in, and played.

Basically, if I wanted to play computer opponents on a console, I'd be playing with my own computer...not a console.

karlmarx

join:2006-09-18
Chicago, IL
Well, if it's a console vs. a keyboard/mouse, I guarantee you the mouse will win. Any type of shooter, etc, gives a HUGE advantage to a mouse user, as you are so much more accurate with a mouse that you can ever be with a joystick.

Granted, I've got a 360, and I will most definitely get Halo 3, but are they releasing Halo 3 for the PC at the same time? Sounds like it.
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Scotty1974

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The console gamers won't stand a chance unless you can hook up a mouse and keyboard. The mouse/keyboard combo is so much more responsive=console gamers owned in first person shooters.

88615298
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West Tenness

Re: console vs. computer gamers.

said by Scotty1974 :

The console gamers won't stand a chance unless you can hook up a mouse and keyboard.
You mean you can't do that with a 360? You can with a PS3.
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KrK
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"Windows Vista Users Onry!"

Another oh-so-subtle push by MS to force ppl to choke down Vista. No thanks!

fernando
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Chino, CA

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PC FTW!

There not going to dumb down the pc games, PC users will be superior, the console community is largely not tech savvy, and the mouse/keyboard will beat a controller any day.

IronChefMoto
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Atlanta, GA

Silver = nothing new; Gold = cross platform

For those who don't RTFA...you'll be paying $50 a year to play with XBox360 owners from your PC. That free "silver" tier is free because it's basically what you get from a game that has any multiplayer mode to complement the single player mode -- free multiplayer between PCs.

Gold tier -- if they're not going to add more decent games soon (besides Halo 2), $50 is like paying for another PC game anyway. One that most players will have already finished anyway on their console.

This should've waited until Halo 3 was released on XBox360 with a much sooner PC release.

IronChefMorimoto

fernando
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Chino, CA

Re: Silver = nothing new; Gold = cross platform

and your live account can be used on xbox live/ live for windows, so if you already have a xbox live account your set for your pc.
markopoleo

join:2003-04-02
Bonne Terre, MO

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Still $50 a year is pretty cheap considering. You can pay more than that in MMO games

I know a few Xbox users that I would love to kill over and over again.

RideRed
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If they can control cheating

Even on the closed HW service platform they have issues with cheaters. Opening it to PC will just make it worse.
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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: If they can control cheating

said by RideRed:

Even on the closed HW service platform they have issues with cheaters. Opening it to PC will just make it worse.
It would suck to have your vista key black listed from on line play for things like havening cheating / debuging / hacking tools even if you don't use them on line. aka on use them on single player games, on non live games, for programming work and so on.
Like what Blizzard Entertainment uses on some of there games.

wefrsadfsd

@shawcable.net

Pc user has to pay?!

Why the hell would I want to pay extra just to play against 10 yr olds on a console? Hope these 'games for vista' keep free multiplayer for just against pc users.

If I wanted to play against 10 yr olds and wanted to toss an extra 50$ out the window I would of went with console. BTW pc users will slaughter console users.

inteller
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join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

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expect price cut the same time.

May 8th will also be the date for the price cut. black xbox loaded with doodads for $399 or the current premium for $299. Core is going away.
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ender7074

join:2006-11-21
Saint Louis, MO

Re: expect price cut the same time.

They do that and Ill be picking one up. $400 is still to pricy for me on a console. It'll be nice ot see what this gears of war craze is about and I already love dead rising.

hayabusa3303
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pointless.

OK why have a game on the pc if i still have to have a Xbox live account? Ms is getting more money hungry everyday.

Who really cares about gaylo anymore. Really now only kids play that game. I sold both halo's long time ago.

Doom 3, Gears of war, FEAR much better games then Halo.

Mhit

@weyerhaeuser.com

Re: pointless.

It's not to get you to pay for the Live acct!
It's to get you to buy Vista!
Trevorm7

join:2005-01-17
Clearwater, FL

I've been waiting

It's time to show those 10 year olds what I'm really made of! Yeah!

GTJiga
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Azle, TX
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Both?

So I am taking it you can pay $50/year to beat up on console players OR pay nothing and play on regular PC servers.

Correct?
ender7074

join:2006-11-21
Saint Louis, MO

Fun, maybe. Worth it? Not so much.

Beating the hell out of console players would be fun but not fifty bucks fun. Gonna be passing on this one.

Bagelzend

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Re: halo 3 pc vs console - lolable

well i dont know whether or not they'll actually introduce cross platfrom gaming, i for one have been a gamer on consoles and pc for many yrs now, undoubtably PC gamers will whipe the floor with the console players, and tbh imo id pay the extra money to play them, i pay for WoW why not a game where i can kick the shit outta console gamers who think pc's are shit? also about this buying vista to play.. the reason for this is due to dx10 as that only works on vista, which i will be buying as crysis and games similer will be running on it.