Windows Phone vs. PC gaming now a reality

Microsoft has been pushing the gaming prowess of Windows Phone 7 devices since day one. But until now, one crucial link has been missing - multiplayer gaming between a Windows Phone and a PC.

That link has now been bridged, albeit in a relatively uninteresting manner, by "Game Chest: Logic Games", a US$2.99 app that allows for turn-based chess matches between a PC and a Windows Phone device. After sending an invitation to an opponent via email, the PC user can play via a web interface.

Gaming via Xbox LIVE has long been a cornerstone of Microsoft's mobile strategy and the company has indicated that Windows Phone vs. Xbox 360 gaming is on the cards at some point in the future. As far back as December 2009, Microsoft demonstrated cross-platform games that work across Windows, Windows Phone 7 and the Xbox 360 with the user's gaming session maintained between all three platforms.

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Taking into account how long WP7 has been on the market this has come pretty quick really. Now all the Xbox Live game devs need to kick into gear and start taking advantage of this option.

GP007 said,
Taking into account how long WP7 has been on the market this has come pretty quick really. Now all the Xbox Live game devs need to kick into gear and start taking advantage of this option.

Absolutely. WP7 is out to a great start. Now for continued updates from Microsoft and some serious support from developers and games publishers.

slighmd said,
cool! now we just need the better games like Worms: Reloaded, etc

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neo158 said,

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LaserWraith said,

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Common web interface. Platform specific apps (iOS/Android/WP7) to allow multiple users to simultaneously talk to the common web interface. Lots of possibilities.

*common web interfaces other than Twitter and Facebook that is

Now take it to the next level for games like Mass Effect 3 and allow you to do upgrade chores minigames on the phone while you're on the move. For example, that mining for material mini-game can easily be done on the phone. Then when you fire up that 360 title, Sheppard and party will be all powerful and ready for the next battle!

flexkeyboard said,
Now take it to the next level for games like Mass Effect 3 and allow you to do upgrade chores minigames on the phone while you're on the move. For example, that mining for material mini-game can easily be done on the phone. Then when you fire up that 360 title, Sheppard and party will be all powerful and ready for the next battle!

That sounds like a great idea for ME3, and the mini-game fits perfect since it's really not that complicated to do on a touch screen. Either way, WP7 lets game devs tie all sorta of mini-games on the phone to the full game on the 360, they just have to take advantage of it.

flexkeyboard said,
Now take it to the next level for games like Mass Effect 3 and allow you to do upgrade chores minigames on the phone while you're on the move. For example, that mining for material mini-game can easily be done on the phone. Then when you fire up that 360 title, Sheppard and party will be all powerful and ready for the next battle!

Yup. Great uses for it I can see would be (and could be done either integrated with PC or Xbox):

1 - WP7 pip boy for Fallout series;
2 - Menu in Dead Space;
3 - Touch screen spells/potions/items selecting on RPGs;
4 - That movement detector from Aliens vs Predators;
5 - WP7 + Move integration. This would open a whole new level of options, like using WP7 pointing to a direction allowing for night vision/thermal vision on the device, while on the tv screen is using normal vision;

There are no limits to what interesting features can be added to games if you add wp7, move and either the xbox or pc.

sviola said,

Yup. Great uses for it I can see would be (and could be done either integrated with PC or Xbox):

1 - WP7 pip boy for Fallout series;
2 - Menu in Dead Space;
3 - Touch screen spells/potions/items selecting on RPGs;
4 - That movement detector from Aliens vs Predators;
5 - WP7 + Move integration. This would open a whole new level of options, like using WP7 pointing to a direction allowing for night vision/thermal vision on the device, while on the tv screen is using normal vision;

There are no limits to what interesting features can be added to games if you add wp7, move and either the xbox or pc.

I think you mean kinect+wp7.

How about a star-trek game where the wp7 is your tricorder where the sensor data is used by the console game, and the console feeds data to the wp7 screen.

sviola said,

Yup. Great uses for it I can see would be (and could be done either integrated with PC or Xbox):

1 - WP7 pip boy for Fallout series;
2 - Menu in Dead Space;
3 - Touch screen spells/potions/items selecting on RPGs;
4 - That movement detector from Aliens vs Predators;
5 - WP7 + Move integration. This would open a whole new level of options, like using WP7 pointing to a direction allowing for night vision/thermal vision on the device, while on the tv screen is using normal vision;

There are no limits to what interesting features can be added to games if you add wp7, move and either the xbox or pc.

I think a better example would be WP7 integration with Age of Empires Online.

A WP7 version would allow you to unlock extras for the Desktop version, such as, extra buildings for your home city, points for tech advancement and upgrades for different units.

flexkeyboard said,
Now take it to the next level for games like Mass Effect 3 and allow you to do upgrade chores minigames on the phone while you're on the move. For example, that mining for material mini-game can easily be done on the phone. Then when you fire up that 360 title, Sheppard and party will be all powerful and ready for the next battle!

That sounds like a great idea for a lot of XBox games honestly. Sega tried something similar with the Dreamcast, but didn't have the user base or strategy that could really get this to take off like Microsoft can. That would be very cool.

BoyBoppins said,
Its taken far too long...

Now a Words with friends that goes between iOS/Android/WP7/PC

I'm so addicted to Words With Friend atm! Playing a constant game with about 5 people.