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Sunday, December 11, 2011

XBox Companion App For Windows Phone

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 AM

If you're an XBox user, you're going to love this - Microsoft has come up with an official companion app for Windows Phone that allows you to connect and control your XBox. Sounds real nice. If you're interested, give it a try.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Minesweeper And Sudoku Xbox Live Games Available Now For Free

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:42 AM

"Prepare to start wasting some serious time, people. Two of the most immensely popular puzzle games of all time-the PC classic Minesweeper and the newspaper staple Sudoku-just landed in the U.S. Marketplace for Windows Phone."

Two new Xbox Live games have just made their way into the Marketplace. Best of all, they are both free. Go to the Marketplace to get your own copy of Minesweeper and Sudoku now and start earning those achievements.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Best Buy Promotes Windows Phone and Xbox Live

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

Best Buy is currently offering a 4000-point Xbox Live card free when you purchase a Windows phone. This is a great deal for any Windows Phone fans who also happen to be Xbox owners. The offer is in-store only, so visit your local Best Buy location to take advantage.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Achievements in a Non-Live Title? TapSplosion 2.0 Brings It.

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:00 PM

"In a surprising approval by Microsoft, TapSplosion 2.0 just became available in the Marketplace. Why surprising? The developer wanted to add a bunch of Achievements to the game but was worried Microsoft may consider that term 'exclusive' for Xbox Live titles--which is not too far fetched--and deny approval."

The surprising part of the approval is the use of the word "Achievements" in the game description, where it reads, "TapSplosioin is the game that the Windows Phone 7 platform has been waiting for, and now it's even better with Achievements!"

There was concern that the use of the term might not be seen as generic. After all, Achievements are normally associated with XBOX LIVE titles. So a customer might expect that these Achievements would show up on XBOX LIVE. But they don't.

I think it's great that there is some sort of achievement system in a 3rd party game. But would you find this confusing?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Game Updates: Pocket God and Puzzle Quest 2

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

If you have either of these two games, you'll be glad to hear that the developers of these two games are continuing to work on them, squashing bugs and adding new areas. Pocket God gets a new episode: "Double Rainbow All The Way Across The Sky", while Pocket Quest 2 has a couple of major bug fixes. Don't have'em? Maybe now's the time to check them out. Pocket God costs $2.99 while Pocket Quest 2 is available for $6.99.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Full House Poker Features Cross-Platform Gaming

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

The promise of interconnectivity between Windows Phone and the Xbox 360 are one of the more exciting aspects of the platform. Next month, Full House Poker will be released for both the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone. Gamers will be able to carry their experience and earnings with them wherever they go. In addition, Avatars will be intergrated so that users will be able to play poker as their Xbox Live persona. The one missing piece for the Windows Phone version of the game is multiplayer online competition. In my opinion, this is a huge missed opportunity to showcase the power of Windows Phone and Xbox Live. Regardless, I am really looking forward to play when the game is released next month. Full House Poker will officially be released on March 16th for $2.99.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Get Your Xbox LIVE Extras For Your Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 PM

"The holidays are coming a bit early with an update to Xbox LIVE Extras headed to Windows Phone Marketplace this week! We've got some great new features for you!"

Some new Xbox LIVE Extras will soon be available on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Among the new capabilities will be support for Xbox LIVE Extras in new languages, managing friend requests inside Xbox LIVE, avatar animations, and more. Hit the Read link for more details.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Xbox Live Companion Game For Crackdown 2

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Microsoft has announced that a new batch of Crackdown 2 DLC will be released later this month...Microsoft is also planning to release a Windows Phone 7 tie-in project later this month. Entitled Crackdown: Project Sunburst, the game offers up tower defense gameplay utilizing Bing Maps"

It will be exciting to see the Xbox Live companion type games come to the marketplace. Any Crackdown 2 players out there?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CNET Goes Hands-On With Windows Phone 7 Games

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 PM

"After about a month of using a Windows Phone 7 device with no extra apps at all, it was fun to get my hands on some games. On Tuesday I had a chance to play with a handful of the titles that Microsoft just announced would be coming to Windows Phone 7 when it launches later this year. Though just a small sample, the quick look showed that Windows Phone 7 is quite a capable platform for games. That's important, because games in general--and the phone's Xbox Live tie-in specifically--will have to be a key selling point if Microsoft is to make a dent in the ultra-competitive smartphone business."

The videos speak for themselves - Microsoft has really put a lot of effort into this experience, and for anyone that enjoys playing games, this is a powerful experience.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Xbox Live Details for Windows Phone 7 Unfold

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:54 PM

"COLOGNE, Germany - Aug. 17, 2010 - 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 this holiday. 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.*"

Microsoft is serious about Windows Phone 7 being a success in the eyes of consumers, and a big way they're going to do that is to focus on gaming. Games are the #1 selling type of application on every smartphone platform out there today, and if a consumer-focused mobile platform lacks great games, consumers aren't going to be interested. Engadget has some great videos and a large collection of images - the remainder of the press release is below, along with a few images. Xbox Live is one of the few remaining unique advantages Microsoft has that they haven't licensed away to the competition (ActiveSync for instance); if they can leverage it into a great gaming experience, there are millions of Xbox Live subscribers (I'm one of them) that just might be interested in picking up a Windows Phone 7 for that very reason. Read more...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Microsoft Creating Mobile Games Studio

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

"Microsoft Games Studios is establishing a new Studio - MGS Mobile Gaming - focused on bringing games and entertainment to the mobile life that people lead. Our vision is to deliver games and entertainment so good that people will want them always with them, on a service that makes them social, connected and relevant anywhere their life goes. The Mobile Gaming team is building industry leading products that showcase our Windows Phone platform as well as emerging mobile platforms, and will help realize Microsoft's connected entertainment vision. The Mobile Gaming studio will be the hub for MGS franchises and titles on mobile devices and a center of excellence for mobile games."

Microsoft has posted a job listing that reveals their plans to create a new studio, MGS Mobile Gaming. One of the key functions of this studio will be to create first party games that focus on social, connected, and of course mobile experiences. This studio will allow Microsoft to leverage their experience in creating games that take advantage of the cohesive experience of Xbox Live, by creating networked games within the gaming hub. The job listing where this information was revealed also mentions MGS franchises. It is still unknown whether or not Microsoft will use some of its existing franchises (Halo, Forza,Viva Pinata) on Windows Phone 7, but this could be a great opportunity to further take advantage of brand awareness. I'm really excited to see what kind of games they can come up with. What Microsoft game would you like to see ported by the studio?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Xbox Live SIgn-in on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:30 AM

"As promised a few weeks ago, I wanted to come back and walk you through the experience of using Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. Today we'll focus on how you log in, and how Windows LIVE ID is integrated into the system. Next time we'll walk through how the gameplay experience works. Lots to talk about here, so I'll just dive right in!"

If you've been curious about how the Xbox Live + Windows Phone 7 integration is going to work - come on, admit it, it's been keeping you up at night - this story should answer all your questions. In essence, it's all just a Windows Live ID, and most of us have one from one Microsoft service or another. As long as the process is kept simple, this should work out just fine.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Microsoft Managers Talk Games On Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:45 PM

"Windows Phone 7 isn't just Microsoft's attempt to compete against Apple's iPhone. It's also the introduction of the first portable Xbox platform. During GDC today, we talked to Xbox Live GM Ron Pessner and XNA Game Studio manager Michael Klucher about how games integrate into the mobile platform and what gamers and developers can expect in the future."

If you're interested in learning a little more about the user and development experiences of games -- both Xbox LIVE-enabled and not -- on a Windows Phone 7 Series device, head over to Joystiq to read an interview with Xbox LIVE GM, Ron Pessner, and XNA Game Studio Manager, Michael Klucher. And for the Gamerscore-obsessed among us, take note. Much like the majority of Arcade games on the Xbox 360, each game will pack 200 Gamerscore points for you to unlock, and as you do, you can expect to hear that satisfying "Achievement Unlocked" sound you've grown to love.

Microsoft Announces XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows Phone

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

"As I was sitting on the plane heading to GDC 2010, I started reminiscing about the explosive growth we've seen in developing for the mobile gaming industry over the last few years. It wasn't long ago when we had to show up early to learn about anything related to game development on portable devices. This year, however, developers are already lined up to learn more, as mobile gaming commands several summits at GDC and is woven in throughout the conference. At GDC this week we're giving everyone a first look at the latest and greatest, XNA Game Studio 4.0, which provides a powerful, productive, and portable technology for game development on Windows Phone 7 Series, Xbox 360, and Windows PC."

Image courtesy of Engadget.

If there's anything about Windows Phone 7 Series that you should be excited about, it's definitely the gaming potential. Microsoft has just announced XNA Game Studio 4.0, which will give developers the opportunity to deliver highly immersive and highly integrated gaming experiences on the Xbox 360, PC, and Windows Phone 7 Series. Engadget has a deluge of screenshots, a video, and some details on achievements and upcoming titles for your perusal, so scoot over there and check them out. As an avid gamer, I'm pretty excited with where this is heading and look forward to jumping into Xbox LIVE not just on the Xbox 360, but on the Windows Phone, too.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Microsoft Tells Us What They Mean By Xbox Live on Windows Phone

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 PM

"Guess we don't have to wait until MIX to have all our Windows Phone 7 Series questions answered! Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

So if you're wondering what is meant by the Xbox live tile on a Windows Phone 7, this video should help explain what will soon be possible. Hit up this video, and find out! Warning: It's pretty cool!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Xbox Live Coming to Windows phones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 AM

"While the news has been coming for some time now, you always need to break out a confirmation to make everything official. And it's now official: Xbox Live is on its way to mobile phones. The service will be known as "Xbox LIVE Games" (catchy!), and looks to be available only on phones operating a mobile version of Windows."

Xbox Live on Windows phones? Hmm. Could be interesting - assuming, that is, that it turns out to be more than the tease that we've seen in the past and never materialized into anything.

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