In a recent interview, Valve CEO Gabe Newell took a few pot shots at Windows 8, and it didn’t take long before Blizzard, Mojang, and several other high profile developers piled on. Most have stopped short of calling it a “catastrophe” the way Gabe Newell did, however most have made it clear they don’t see much benefit for PC Gamers who are on the fence about upgrading. "If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for indie games and competition in general," said Minecraft creator and founder of Mojang, Markus "Notch" Persson. Microsoft’s response’s was a carefully worded statement attempting to restore confidence, however when terms like "Games For Windows Live" are used, we had to admit to being slightly skeptical.
According to Microsoft Windows 8 will offer built-in games and related achievements, and that Xbox Live is fully integrated into the OS. They once again re-affirmed their commitment to the Games for Windows Live brand, and that the future of the Xbox would be closely tied to Windows 8. "With Xbox on Windows 8, we created easy entry points into the types of entertainment that you’ll enjoy, including games," a spokesperson told VentureBeat. "The Games app prominently features your avatar, profile, friends and Gamerscore and allows you to explore your friends’ avatars." Users will also be able to buy games for their Xbox on the PC, and queue them for downloading on the console.
Microsoft’s decision to try and bring the PC and Xbox closer together is an odd strategy, and one that could potentially backfire. PC and console gamers are very distinct communities, and it’s a relatively small percentage of either side that has any desire to see the two mashed together.
It’s worth pointing out that existing games should, at least in theory, run as well in Windows 8 as they did in previous versions. If you aren’t interested in a “Modern UI” or the Xbox integration on the other hand, it probably won’t offer current PC Gamers much in the way of useful new features.