Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Xbox LIVE

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The release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, available to download now for anyone interested in trying it out.

Xbox Live in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes games, video, music and Xbox companion applications.  In the preview, these apps are just a taste of the features that’ll be delivering at launch.  It seems like Microsoft is definitely moving toward a convergent path where all games will work on all platforms. It’s a move that our Editor-in-Chief, Christophor Rick, has mentioned he thought they were doing for some time. It seems he might have been right. No wonder they didn’t give any comment on his direct questions about that last year.

Windows 8 and XBLA

With Windows 8, the whole experience of Windows has been reimagined. It’s designed to work on a wide range of devices , from touch-enabled tablets, to laptops, to desktops and all-in-ones. We’ve designed Windows 8 to give you instant access to your apps, your files, and the information you care about most so you can spend less time navigating and more time doing what you actually want to do. You can move between Windows 8 PCs easily and access your files and settings from virtually anywhere. We’ve made touch a first-class experience and navigating with a mouse and keyboard fast and fluid. And just like Windows 7, reliability and security features are built in. It’s the best of Windows 7, made even better.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run on the same hardware that powers Windows 7 today. In general, you can expect Windows 8 Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
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