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The Digital Skeptic: Windows 8 Brings Xbox 720 to Zero

Stocks in this article: MSFT

LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- Most Microsoft (MSFT) execs didn't bother showing up here for the 2013 International CES. Too bad. They missed out on talking to techie Malik Forte, who had this to say about the soon to be upgraded Xbox:

"I am, like, 'Why fix what is not broken?'"

The hip, Los Angeles-based 27-year-old is not some gamer who has a virtual ax to grind with Redmond. Oh no, this enterprising young man has a cool job. He and his buddies get paid serious cash to -- get ready for this -- play video games.

"We are ushering in an interactive revolution between game consumers and game developers," Forte told me as we were demoed some of the Windows 8 PCs here.

Forte says companies such as Ubisoft and Sony (SNE) pay his firm, Max Level, to host online and live events that give these companies valuable access to the video game preferences of hard-to-capture demographics.

"My role is right there with the developers and the game creators," Forte told me. He says Max Level creates an environment where authority-shy, mostly young gamers are comfortable disclosing what's not quite polished in games.

Forte has some serious notches on his gaming-analysis belt. He says he's advised improvements on Assassin's Creed, God of War: Ascension and many others.

But one gaming platform worries Forte.

"I love the Xbox. But the more I look at Windows 8, the more confusing it is to me," he said as we -- like a half-billion other Windows users -- puzzled out how make Windows 8 work on our demo PCs.

"I cannot understand how they will make Windows 8 work on the Xbox," he said.

Windows 8 could get the Xbox pwned
As much as Windows 8-weary investors hate to consider it, a critical piece of the Windows 8 PC/Phone/Tablet rollout -- that is, how it works on Microsoft's wildly successful gaming platforms -- probably has yet to even begin.

The Windows 8/Xbox 720 puzzle breaks down like this: There is an expected life-to-date total sales for Xbox 360 at 70 million units as of 2013. And investors see nothing but money on the looming major upgrade to the platform code-named Durango, also known as Xbox 720, due out in the fall.

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