Rumour – Windows 8 to play Xbox 360 games

Tuesday, 12th July 2011 06:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Unless the console-free digital revolution is even closer than anticipated, pile some salt on this one. Rumour has it Xbox 360 games will be playable in Windows 8.

Insideris is citing anonymous sources in support of the next PC operating system’s feature set.

Playing Xbox 360 games in Windows 8 will apparently require a subscription fee, as Games for Windows Live did at launch.

However, the service will reportedly run on a separate network to Xbox Live, and will not support cross platform play due to controller incompatibility (which seems pretty bizarre given how many GFWL games support Xbox 360 controllers nowadays).

This literally incredible feature is said to be a ploy to expand the Xbox 360 platform’s lifespan as the hardware itself ages, ahead of the distant next generation. I’ll let you pick the holes in that.

Thanks, GameInformer.



  1. AJacks92

    Even if this is possible…I see this is as unnecessary. The only thing that this would probably do is that it will enhance the graphics of the games (depending on the PC’s build), and that would not even be worth this “subscription fee”.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. unacomn

    I’m calling BS, on account of Xbox hardware sales going down the drain, at least in Europe.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. endgame

    I agree. nobody cares about console games anyway.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. osric90

    @3 Xbox 360 and Wii games.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Hybridpsycho

    I call this extreme bullshit. Whoever came up with this rumour shud be shot.

    The only time this would happen would be if microsoft added some kind of subscription or a more expensive version to the OS that would allow this.

    Although, the whole thing with the conroller compatibility is indeed quite bizzare and therefor gives it away even more.

    Stupid rumours

    #5 3 years ago
  6. galaxy366

    @5 Didn’t you read? There will be a subscription fee.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    This would be a step BACK if Windows 8 did this. The only benefit they need to keep it the ability to use an xbox controller on the PC.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. BraveLittleCrumpet

    It doesn’t seem to make sense to me.

    Why buy a 360 game for £40 when you could get the PC version for £25?
    If you really want to play an exclusive 360 title and you’re a gamer, the chances are you’ll have a 360 anyway.

    It would make sense for some sort of Live integration in Windows 8 (like Windows Phone 7) but I very much doubt this will be it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Zeydlitz

    It’s simply impossible. To run xbox360 game microsoft should emulate pover5 architecture onto x86 platform, but xenon is 3-core 3.2GHz CPU, so it’s have more raw pover than any end-user x86 CPU (xenon’s flops are bigger than even extremal core i7). And CPU emulation is number 1 importance feature to crossgaming, even Playstation 2 old CPU require avesome amount of CPU power to emulate.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Something smells decidedly fishy here.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Zarckan

    File this under COMPLETE BOLLOCKS

    #11 3 years ago
  12. loki

    Most stupid rumor of the year

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    BOLLOCKS. Please stop using some fake Gameinformer rumors from Mr Dickenson’s.


    1) you need to emulate Xbox 360 titles which is not impossible, but you need to emulate every game out there for the PC and make it work. It’s hard to do and no one will say that it’s going to bring some money.
    It’s impossible to do with the X86 platform.

    2) every title must have a registration that they are going to be playable on the Windows platform and for that you need every publisher’s permission.


    #13 3 years ago
  14. pukem0n

    the subscription fee wont make up for a lost console sale, so bullshit…

    #14 3 years ago
  15. badboy_122

    maybe arcade games or platformers like super meat boy or guardian of the light or limbo ..

    I really hate rumors .

    #15 3 years ago
  16. JonFE

    I’m not in a position to know whether this is bullshit or not, but *if* it’s true/possible, I certainly wouldn’t mind to ensure playing my huge collection of x360 games (retail or arcade) on my PC, long after my x360 has died…

    …and while emulating full retail x360 games on a poorly configured PC does sound difficult, it might be easier for XBL arcade games.

    Also, keep in mind that console manufactures do not make the big bucks on hardware (consoles) but on software (games).

    #16 3 years ago
  17. deadstoned

    Looks and sounds like a load of nonsense to me. Microsoft hates its games running on PCs.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. The Evil Pope

    There is fuck all on the 360 that interests me. This feature would be pretty useless to me as a PC gamer.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. silkvg247

    Erm.. does not compute.

    All Xbox games come out on PC anyway?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Hunam


    They don’t. Not even close.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. rainer

    This is baloney but MS did at one point have plans for an add-in card for PC’s that would allow you to play Xbox 360 games, it was scraped because of security/piracy fears.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. silkvg247

    Well if they’d allow high res versions to run it might be worth my time, other than that I generally stick with PC games.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Kenshin1870

    NICE if is true, for the lucky ones who got a powerful PC like me xDDDDDD

    #23 3 years ago
  24. IL DUCE

    @4 ok there ps3 fanboy

    @8 technically you would buy a 360 game to be able to play on console and pc, unlike the pc game which would only be able to be play on pc…maybe so if you weren’t home you could play a 360 game on your laptop? Makes sense to me

    I think its possible its just referring to XBLA games, but I wouldn’t doubt its possible for retail games, why not when all the cloud gaming and digital distribution is going on…if they transferred XBL to PC then why not have Games on Demand and the marketplace over there and maybe make 360 discs able to run on the PC, otherwise just keep it fully digital and once you downloaded it you could play it on PC or 360…so wherever you go with console, laptop or phone you are always connected to XBL and can always play your X Box games (obv not retail games on the phone)…

    #24 3 years ago

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