Microsoft announces Xbox LIVE support on Windows Phone 7
Posted on 17-Aug-2010 16:00
Filed under: News
Today at gamescom 2010, the world’s largest consumer-oriented games showcase, Microsoft Corp. premiered the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 later this year.
With even more games and applications to come, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of your hand — from Xbox LIVE Avatars to staying connected with friends, Xbox LIVE is now at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.
“We believe that no matter where life takes you, the best in gaming and entertainment should follow,” said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “Windows Phone 7 takes a different approach to handheld gaming, utilizing Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, leading game publishers, and innovative indie developers, to create powerful, shared experiences for everyone.”
Windows Phone 7 has a Games hub featuring Xbox LIVE, creating a different kind of mobile gaming experience. Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 will be specially selected from the top names in mobile, PC and console game development.
Gamers will have access to try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leaderboards, turn-based multiplayer, Achievements and more.
Windows Phone 7 also will be supported by content from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), providing first-party gaming titles for the phone.
For Xbox fans, this means that Windows Phone 7 will offer companion titles to familiar names, such as “Halo: Waypoint,” and “Crackdown 2,” extending the experience of these favorite Xbox 360 franchises.
“Windows Phone 7 is the launch of a major gaming platform for Microsoft,” said Matt Booty, general manager of mobile gaming for MGS. “Just like we’ve done with Xbox 360, our charter is to push the envelope and deliver definitive games that maximize the platform. We will have an incredible lineup of MGS titles, and that’s just the beginning.”
The first wave of launch portfolio titles includes Xbox LIVE games from the likes of Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap and THQ:
Additional titles in the launch portfolio will be released between now and the Windows Phone 7 launch this holiday season. The company says once the phone launches, new Xbox LIVE titles also will be added to the games portfolio every week.
More than 25 million people are active in the Xbox LIVE community. These people will be able to connect to their Xbox LIVE profile and Avatar, or create a new one. This also includes taking the 3D Avatar to the phone, including props.
The Xbox LIVE access on the phone will allow users to compare Achievements, challenge rivals to favorite game, and even see who’s online and what they’re doing on their consoles, PCs or phones. Achievements are also supported, and users will be able to earn, view and track Achievements, view Xbox LIVE leaderboards and build Gamerscore across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7.