Shadowrun trailer causes Vista Live service speculation

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Blogger Joost Schuur notes that near the end of the latest Shadowrun trailer – click here to view it if you really want to – you’ll be able to spy what he claims to be “the first, official hint” at a premium Games for Windows Live option.

Of course, Schuur notes that a Gold account for Windows doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have to pay to play on Games for Windows Live. Schuur also speculates that given the timing of the trailer’s release, Microsoft might announce official details regarding Games for Windows Live at the Game Developers Conference 2007.

Recent Microsoft announcements at GDC 2007 include the 512 megabyte memory unit and the Dream Build Play contest.

Given the recent comments that Microsoft is seriously considering that gamers are used to playing online for free on the PC, and are carefully planning their strategy for their Live service on Windows Vista, current speculation (obviously based on what’s written on the trailer) is that Microsoft might charge for cross-platform (Xbox 360 to PC) play.

What we do know for sure, if we’re going to take Games for Windows PR director Michael Wolf‘s interview over at Joystiq into account, is that Microsoft is seeking to make Gold membership on Windows Vista worthwhile.

Via Dearest Copernicus

Shadowrun - Image 1 

Blogger Joost Schuur notes that near the end of the latest Shadowrun trailer – click here to view it if you really want to – you’ll be able to spy what he claims to be “the first, official hint” at a premium Games for Windows Live option.

Of course, Schuur notes that a Gold account for Windows doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have to pay to play on Games for Windows Live. Schuur also speculates that given the timing of the trailer’s release, Microsoft might announce official details regarding Games for Windows Live at the Game Developers Conference 2007.

Recent Microsoft announcements at GDC 2007 include the 512 megabyte memory unit and the Dream Build Play contest.

Given the recent comments that Microsoft is seriously considering that gamers are used to playing online for free on the PC, and are carefully planning their strategy for their Live service on Windows Vista, current speculation (obviously based on what’s written on the trailer) is that Microsoft might charge for cross-platform (Xbox 360 to PC) play.

What we do know for sure, if we’re going to take Games for Windows PR director Michael Wolf‘s interview over at Joystiq into account, is that Microsoft is seeking to make Gold membership on Windows Vista worthwhile.

Via Dearest Copernicus

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