Apple may have the iPhone, but the iPhone doesn't have the Xbox. On Monday, Microsoft leveraged its most compelling entertainment asset, the Xbox 360, into the Windows Phone 7 Series. But what does this mean, practically speaking?
(Note: If you don't understand what the heck Windows Phone 7 is, read this first.)
Here's the official word from Microsoft on how WP7 will incorporate Xbox Live.
Games--This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox Live experience on a phone, including Xbox Live games, Spotlight feed, and the ability to see a gamer's avatar, Achievements, and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox Live unlocks a world of friends, games, and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.
What we saw in Microsoft's demo Monday fleshes that concept out a bit. There will be a Spotlight section, with your Xbox Live avatar and notice of friends' achievements. And of course, there will be games--"premium titles" with achievements and multiplayer connected to other cell phones, PCs, and Xbox 360 consoles.
Don't let the simple interface fool you. Xbox Live on a phone is more than having your avatar on one more screen because of the three types of games I believe we'll see on Windows Phone 7.… Read more