In a press release today, Microsoft took the wraps of what the Xbox Live experience would be like on Windows Phone 7. Playing to one of the companies strongest assets, at least in mind share, Xbox Live is looks to be shaping up to be a strong aspect of the new Windows Phone 7 OS.
Included in the announcement is what to expect from Xbox Live on WP7:
- Be omnipotent. View, access and launch your full game library from one easy-to-navigate hub.
- Get mad props. Earn, view and track Achievements, view Xbox LIVE leaderboards and build your Gamerscore every time you play an Xbox LIVE title.
- Release your inner Mini Me.Connect to your Xbox LIVE profile and Avatar, or easily create a new one right from the phone.
- Get tricky. Access Spotlight feeds, including the latest game titles, breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, and more.
- Play before you pay. Easily find, try and buy the games you want, either in the Marketplace or Games hub.
- Flaunt your skills. Invite, connect and play against friends on other Windows Phone 7 phones or PCs with turn-based (asynchronous) multiplayer gaming.
Along with features, Microsoft also announced launch titles for Xbox Live on Windows Phone. The list includes many casual games, as well as some more impressive 3D games in what Microsoft say is a line-up that will have something for everyone. The full list of titles can be seen at Xbox.com. Australians should remember this is the US launch line-up and Windows Phone content may vary per country, so treat this as indicative, not definitive for WP7 in Australia.
Engadget has a great run down of the announcement complete with hands on videos, if your interested in Xbox Live on WP7 I strongly recommend you take the time. Personally I’d love this feature on my iPhone and while the Bing app made it across the pond, I think Microsoft will keep this feature close to home as a point of difference.