Rumor: Windows 8 will play Xbox 360 games

Though it's still a rumor, CNET sister site GameSpot is reporting that Windows 8 may be able to play Xbox 360 games. It certainly seems like a plausible move for Microsoft.

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As we always do with rumors, we're taking this one with a grain of salt. But CNET sister site GameSpot is reporting that Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 8, may be able to play Xbox 360 games.

The source of the rumor is a site called Teknylate, which doesn't cite a source for the actual news. GameSpot points to another post on Insideris in May that teased the idea, but did little to back it up.

Whether it comes to fruition or not, this certainly seems like a plausible move for Microsoft, considering the company has begun to blur the lines of separation between Xbox Live and PC gaming. A quick visit to Xbox.com gives access to PC games in the Xbox Marketplace, as well as tracked achievements that fall under the Games for Windows Live brand.

GameSpot also points out another detail to fan the flames, saying that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the Kinect sensor will eventually be hitting the PC. We'd also positively agree that this Windows 8 demo video shares an uncannily similar aesthetic with the Xbox 360 Kinect dashboard.

Will Windows 8 users be able to control their PCs via Kinect? Would anyone even want that type of functionality?

About the author

Jeff is a host for CNET video and is regularly featured on CBS and CBSN. He founded the site's longest-running podcast, The 404, and also writes the site's tech comic, Low Latency. He is CNET's senior gaming editor and has an unhealthy obsession with ice hockey and pinball.

 

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