Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

Summary: Xbox Live gaming was one feature of Windows Phone 7 we haven't heard much about, but that all changed today when Microsoft revealed their launch titles and a bit more about the functionality of the service on WP7.

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Last month I had the chance to spend about three weeks with the Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview and it helped reignite my enthusiasm for Microsoft's upcoming mobile platform. One of the major holes missing in the Technical Preview that I mentioned here was Xbox Live games and this was one area where Microsoft really has a chance to stand apart from the other platforms. Tonight we received a press release revealing much more about the Xbox Live gaming support, including revelation of the first large number of games that will be in the launch portfolio. Microsoft also promised weekly releases of games after launch so it looks like games may be the number one type of application available soon after launch on Windows Phone 7. The lucky guys over at Engadget actually had a chance to play some of the games on WP7 devices so check out their post and video for more information.

As the press release states, Microsoft Game Studios (MGS) will support content for Windows Phone 7, including companion titles from popular Xbox games like Halo: Waypoint and Crackdown 2. Some of the primary providers of gaming on Windows Phone 7 include Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap, and THQ. All I needed was to see two Star Wars games coming to WP7 and my earlier decision to buy a WP7 device was just made even more of a sure thing. One very cool game I heard about was the Project Sunburst tower defense game that lets you choose what you want to defend through Bing Maps support so you can actually choose to defend your own home or other building/area you choose.

Here is the list of the first wave of games (and the developer) for Windows Phone 7 through Xbox Live:

  • 3D Brick Breaker Revolution (Digital Chocolate)
  • Age of Zombies (Halfbrick)
  • Armor Valley (Protégé Games)
  • Asphalt 5 (Gameloft)
  • Assassins Creed (Gameloft)
  • Bejeweled LIVE (PopCap)
  • Bloons TD (Digital Goldfish)
  • Brain Challenge (Gameloft)
  • Bubble Town 2 (i-Play)
  • Butterfly (Press Start Studio)
  • CarneyVale Showtime (MGS)
  • Castlevania (Konami)
  • Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst (MGS)
  • De Blob Revolution (THQ)
  • Deal or No Deal 2010 (i-Play)
  • Earthworm Jim (Gameloft)
  • Fast & Furious 7 (i-Play)
  • Fight Game Rivals (Rough Cookie)
  • Finger Physics (Mobliss Inc.)
  • Flight Control (Namco Bandai)
  • Flowerz (Carbonated Games)
  • Frogger (Konami)
  • Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick)
  • Game Chest-Board (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Card (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Logic (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Solitaire (MGS)
  • GeoDefense (Critical Thought)
  • Ghostscape (Psionic)
  • Glow Artisan (Powerhead Games)
  • Glyder 2 (Glu Mobile)
  • Guitar Hero 5 (Glu Mobile)
  • Halo Waypoint (MGS)
  • Hexic Rush (Carbonated Games)
  • I Dig It (InMotion)
  • iBlast Moki (Godzilab)
  • ilomilo (MGS)
  • Implode XL (IUGO)
  • Iquarium (Infinite Dreams)
  • Jet Car Stunts (True Axis)
  • Let’s Golf 2 (Gameloft)
  • Little Wheel (One click dog)
  • Loondon (Flip N Tale)
  • Max and the Magic Marker (PressPlay)
  • Mini Squadron (Supermono Limited)
  • More Brain Exercise (Namco Bandai)
  • O.M.G. (Arkedo)
  • Puzzle Quest 2 (Namco Bandai)
  • Real Soccer 2 (Gameloft)
  • The Revenants (Chaotic Moon)
  • Rise of Glory (Revo Solutions)
  • Rocket Riot (Codeglue)
  • Splinter Cell Conviction (Gameloft)
  • Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (THQ)
  • Star Wars: Cantina (THQ)
  • The Harvest (MGS)
  • The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)
  • Tower Bloxx NY (Digital Chocolate)
  • Twin Blades (Press Start Studio)
  • UNO (Gameloft)
  • Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet (i-Play)
  • Zombie Attack! (IUGO)
  • Zombies!!!! (Babaroga)

I have a Xbox 360, but only have time to play about 2 hours a month so am looking forward to being able to play these games on my smartphone that is always with me. In addition to these games, Microsoft stated that more titles will be in the launch portfolio and new titles will be released regularly. I love that EVERY game will be able to be tried out on WP7 with none of this dual downloading of a lite or trial version or lack of any kind of trial we see so often on today's other smartphone platforms.

There is more than just game titles in today's announcement though as Microsoft also announced that WP7 owners will be prompted to download a free additional Xbox Live add-on when they first launch it that adds features such as an enhanced avatar and controls to customize the avatar and interact with it on your phone. From your Windows Phone 7 device you will be able to interact with your friends and message them, view, earn, and track achievements, play in multiplayer games, and view the Spotlight feed.

There was no pricing of the games revealed yet, but I asked and found out that you only need a free Silver Xbox Live account to use the service and play the games on Windows Phone 7. I look forward to see more about these games, including seeing some videos of the games in action on a Windows Phone 7 device or two.

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Windows

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  • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

    Wow, just wow. I don't think i'm buying a dell streak/android handset anymore. The intergration with xbox live is awesome. Now if only the XPad (taken from another zdnet post) would come to life. Intergration across phone, xbox360 and tablet. M$ I would be happy if my moneyz would belongz to youz !!
    dcfan1
  • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

    So whatever happened to, ya' know, making phone calls?
    ZackCDLVI
    • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

      @Zc456

      Phones calls? What is this that you speak of?
      dcfan1
    • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

      @Zc456

      Do I need to download an app to do that?
      Salonikios
    • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

      @Zc456

      No this isn't an iPhone, you can make phone calls on them

      ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

    Microsoft are definitely on to something good here!

    It's quite interesting how they are integrating Windows Live (Office, Messenger and Hotmail etc), Zune, Marketplace and now XBox Live into one device.

    Obviously the aim is to seamlessly integrate all Windows devices together: Media extenders/Xbox console, Desktop/Laptop PC, Zune and now Windows Phone!

    Things are getting interesting now...
    Poppets
  • wow!!

    you mean, really? a few games will be available on wp7? amazing. how many? one hundred, two hundred? vs. 50.000 in the app store. that will really turn out to be a huge advantage for ms's new platform!

    /sarcasm
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

      @banned from zdnet

      Well it's a case of Quality over Quantity.

      XBox can gather all the Big game makers and titles because of XBox; an established and highly regarded gaming platform and community.

      Now if you prefer the latter (which I assume you are talking about Apple's effort) then good for you! Go and enjoy your everyone-wannabe-two-bit-games-developer-heaven... I'm sure you'll find maybe one or two games that are just decent amongst the dross...
      Poppets
    • I'm so happy to see how upset this has made you!

      @banned from zdnet
      Any time an Apple zealot is upset, an angel gets her wings. :)

      Seriously though, you keep reading into these articles that someone is suggesting that WP7 is better than iPhone because it has these 50 games. iPhone wasn't mentioned once in the article, it was simply a point of fact article about a new platform that is coming out.

      Finally, if you didn't hold double standards (which you do), you would realize that you are setting yourself up for a bad precedent. You see, when Steam offered OS X support, there were only 50 games supported. This was nothing compared to the thousands of games that Steam offered for Windows. Funny though how I didn't see you commenting on all the ZDNet articles that proclaimed [b]GAMING FOR THE MAC IS HERE!!![/b] Walk down the aisles of any generic computer software store and you will see only a handful of OS X titles but hundreds upon hundreds of Windows titles. I guess that means OS X sucks, right?

      But that's okay banned. We've come to expect very little from you. :)
      NonZealot
      • no

        @NonZealot
        gaming is weak on mac os x, with or without steam. that's for sure and i would never question that. but claiming that wp7 will be a cool gaming platform because it will have 50 games in a few months is the usual idiotic bs i have come to know and love here at zdnet.
        banned from zdnet
      • Read it again banned

        [i]claiming that wp7 will be a cool gaming platform because it will have 50 games in a few months[/i]

        Matthew wasn't claiming it will be a cool gaming platform because it will have 50 games, read his article again.

        [i]Xbox Live gaming support
        ...
        Project Sunburst tower defense game that lets you choose what you want to defend through Bing Maps support so you can actually choose to defend your own home or other building/area you choose
        ...
        I love that EVERY game will be able to be tried out on WP7 with none of this dual downloading of a lite or trial version or lack of any kind of trial we see so often on today?s other smartphone platforms.
        ...
        adds features such as an enhanced avatar and controls to customize the avatar and interact with it on your phone. From your Windows Phone 7 device you will be able to interact with your friends and message them, view, earn, and track achievements, play in multiplayer games, and view the Spotlight feed[/i]

        As you can see, Matthew listed a ton of reasons why gaming will be cool on WP7, none of them had anything to do with the number of titles on the platform.
        NonZealot
    • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

      @banned from zdnet

      How many games did iPhone have at launch? Oh wait, it wasn't even possible to write a game for iPhone even if you wanted to. Well, except if you counted "web based games", lol...

      So yea, these games are miles ahead of what iPhone started out with. Expect this list to grow fast and expect a high percentage of quality vs junk compared to what you find for iPhone. Do a search for WP7 vs iPhone development and you will find the development tools for WP7 is top notch - much better than for iPhone.

      One of the biggest mistakes people have made in the past was to underestimate MS. Looks like some people are making that mistake again. And I say this as someone that owns an iPhone (not for much longer, though...)
      Qbt
  • RE: Windows Phone 7: Microsoft reveals launch titles and more on Xbox Live gaming

    You had me at "Halo"...
    SmoothDouglas
    • Halo waypoint, really isn't a game.

      @SmoothDouglas... It is more of a combined achievement tracker, that unlocks things for your avatar on Xbox.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh