MS reps say their reasoning is twofold: connect Xbox 360 and PC gaming communities, and enhance the online experience for PC gamers. Registered Xbox Live Gold members (see sidebar) automatically receive Games for Windows Live privileges at no additional cost -- input their existing gamertags, and off they go. Everyone else either signs up for the feature-light but free Silver package or pays a $49.95 annual premium for Gold. That is, of course, if they can be convinced to try it at all.
In its June issue, Games for Windows: The Official Magazine asks Games for Windows and Xbox boss Peter Moore and Live general manager J.J. Richards about how they hope to sell gamers and gamemakers on the service.
The following excerpts offer an early look at the full six-page conversation..