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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

X box live now with user generated contents

Microsoft user pilicies is becoming more optimistic to the user and considering the demand of Xbox Microsoft has now revealed that it will allow anyone to create, share and sell games through Xbox LIVE Community Games, a new marketplace created for user-generated content for Xbox 360 users.

This announcement was made at the Gamefest 2008, Microsoft Game Technology Conference along with some more announcements including Games for Windows Live service for free and the Games for Windows Live Marketplace, a new digital distribution service.
Xbox Live is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service created and operated by Microsoft Corporation. It was first made available to the Xbox video game console. An updated version of the service became available for the Xbox 360 console at that system's launch. Games for Windows - Live makes certain aspects of the system available on Windows Vista PCs, with plans to extend Live to other platforms such as handhelds and mobile phones as part of the Live Anywhere initiative

Microsoft will now offer all aspects of the Games for Windows Live service for free. The new policy was shared at the GameFest 2008 conference. Additional news talk of a new digital distribution service from Microsoft called the Games for Windows Live Marketplace. It's not a stretch to imagine this new initiative to closely mirror the Xbox Live Marketplace offering on the Xbox 360 console. Clearly, Microsoft plans to extend its gaming and entertainment store to its PC operating system. It would be interesting to learn just how much of the Xbox Live Marketplace will come over to the PC -- would this include their content deal with Netflix, NBC Universal and others, one wonders.
Bringing up the rear is news of DirectX 11. Yes, it is official, and it will include support for GPU programming: "The final, commercial release will be available for both the next version of Windows and for Windows Vista at the time that the next version of Windows becomes available", said Kevin Unangst, Microsoft's Senior Director of Global Gaming, in an interview .

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