Xbox 360 owners are already used to paying every year for the privilege of playing with their friends on Xbox Live, but now Windows get to cough up cash too. For $50 a year, Windows Live will give you—tweed jacket-wearing Windows guy—the ability to play games like Shadowrun and Halo 2 with your buddies on Xbox 360.
There's a bright side, however, as current Xbox Live Gold members will have "automatic" access to Windows Live. Somehow sticking you twice for just about the same service seemed a bit over the top, even for Microsoft.
Microsoft Unites Xbox and PC Gamers With Debut of Games for Windows — LIVE [Gamerscoreblog via Kotaku]