Today I bought the Windows version of Shadowrun, what’s special about this game is it’s the first game to be cross platform compatible with the Xbox 360. This means if you own the PC version of the game and your friend owns the 360 version you can both play online in the same game. This article is not a review of Shadow run but simply an article about the xbox live features that are available on live for windows. When the game loads up you can create an offline profile or sign in with you Xbox Live account if you have a gamer tag from the Xbox or Xbox 360. I signed in to my existing gamer tag I created on the Xbox 360, after this I had to download a title update for Shadowrun just like you do on the Xbox 360, pc gamers will know this as a patch I then had to download another title update and I was then signed in to Xbox Live on the pc. Existing gamertag sign in: Profile Sign in: Pressing the “Home” button on the keyboard brings up the Xbox Live guide as seen below, if you’re using the 360 controller like I was the controls are exactly the same as they are on the 360. As you can see the guide is almost identical to the Xbox 360. The Guide: Friends List: You can access the friends list just like you can on the Xbox 360. Messages: You can read your messages and reply, if you have a microphone on your pc you can also send voice messages. Connection Tester: The connection tester is also available on the pc to see if you have an Open, Strict or Moderate connection to Xbox Live. Audio Input: You can configure any audio input device on the pc to be used as a microphone, you don’t need an Xbox headset to communicate although i found this does work better than the microphone built in to my webcam. Achievements: You can compare your achievements to other Live users exactly the same as on the Xbox. Sending a txt message: You can send txt or voice messages just like you can on the 360. Recent players: Recent players from when I’ve played online using the Xbox 360, your recent players from playing any of the Xbox Live games for windows also get added to the list. If you are not signed in to live the game tells you that an achievement has being unlocked but it can’t be added to your gamer score as you’re not on live. So you have to do what ever you did again to unlock the achievement next time your on Xbox Live. This is a bit annoying as on the 360 the achievement is added to your gamerscore and uploaded to live next time you sign in. Although it’s not really a major problems Virgin Media (my isp) have being having some problems lately and my internet has being on and off all day meaning if I get any achievements ill have to get them again when I can sign on to live. I hope this has answered any questions you might have about Xbox Live on windows, if you have any more feel free to reply and ask.