Good news: Microsoft's Xbox Live online service is going to undergo some noteworthy changes for the Xbox One, and will do away with at least one of the current system's more annoying limitations.
If you've ever tried to play a "Games for Windows Live" PC game while your roommate watches Netflix on your Xbox 360, you know how irritating Microsoft's current Xbox Live restrictions can be. One minute, you're firing up Dark Souls or Batman: Arkham City while your roommate tries to fire up an episode of Buffy in the living room. The next, you've logged into your game, but your Xbox 360 has been forcefully logged out. Frustrated cries come from the living room.
Microsoft PR: "You may be logged into Games for Windows Live and an Xbox One console simultaneously."
Games for Windows Live is Microsoft's online PC gaming service, which doubles as DRM for all GFWL-required games. (Full list here.) GFWL is unpopular among PC gamers for a number of reasons, and the single-login requirement is a particularly annoying limitation. Basically, you can only be logged into your account from one place: If you log in on your PC, you'll get kicked from your Xbox session. It can be inconsistent in practice, and there are a few workarounds—some PC games work fine in offline mode, and some Xbox apps will keep running even if you're logged out mid-stream. But generally, it's a headache.
Today, Microsoft detailed a number of the ways that the Xbox One's premium online service Xbox Live Gold will be different. (If you don't want to pay for Gold, you can still get some basic services for free through Xbox Live Silver.) We reached out to ask about Games for Windows Live: Will PC games and the Xbox One play nice?