Vista gaming set to go Live

PC gamers resisting the urge to go Vista may now get the nudge they need. Microsoft's named the date for the arrival of its Xbox Live style service fo

PC gamers resisting the urge to go Vista may now get the nudge they need. Microsoft's named the date for the arrival of its Xbox Live style service for the new OS. 8th May will be the day and Games for Windows Live will be the name.The Vista-only offering will enable anyone with an existing Xbox Live tag to get going immediately with their gamer profiles, friends lists, scores and achievements all shared between the two.Halo 2 will be the first PC title at launch, shortly to be joined by Shadowrun – the first Live game to offer multiplay with mates on either platform. Microsoft also seems keen to mention ahead of time that Uno will be on there at some point this year, too. Talk about a blockbuster.Live will remain free in its Silver guise with only the premium Gold service opening up cross-platform multiplayer action as well as matchmaking and multiplayer achievements. Existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers won't have to shell out any extra as they'll find their currency's good on Vista and vice versa.With the launch still two months off, Microsoft must be hoping that the early announcement will be enough to lure gamers away from the soon-to-be-launched PS3 and its Home rival. We'll let you know our verdict as soon as we’ve fragged enough PC gamers to show them how it's really done.

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Microsoft Games for Windows Live Price: £Free (Silver), £40 (Gold) On sale: 8th May Contact: Microsoft Related stories: Take Home PS3's virtual world