Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7 coming to the browser soon

Windows Phone 7 is about to see its official US launch on the 8th November, and Neowin has uncovered exclusive information that you may not need a Windows Phone 7 device to play games that are available on the platform against other actual device owners.

On a website uncovered by Neowin, found here, not much information is found, but it appears that a service coming soon may allow users who don't have a Windows Phone 7 device to interact with those who do. This is technically feasible, considering a lot of the Windows Phone 7 platform is built on silverlight, a technology that can also be run in the web browser.

The site says that the games will be "turn-based," but this means that the Windows Phone 7 platform will have a further extension to it's Xbox Live multiplayer experience, when the titles finally surface. The blurb on the site reads:

It's more fun when you challenge another player. Connect to Xbox LIVE to play a variety of games with your friends. Play a turn-based game on the web or over Xbox LIVE on your Windows Phone 7 device. Whether you're at the computer or on the go, bring the fun of an Xbox LIVE game with you. Grab a friend and jump in! 

At this stage, this is the only information available, with the only other information being that the service is "Coming Soon." We'll let you know when the page is updated.

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Strangely enough this was actually working for me a few days already, now though they seem to have taken off the links to the games -.- There was only a solitaire game when I tried I think, loaded in a Silverlight plugin. My page also doesn't say "coming soon" on it, it says "Connect & Play" in it's place

Flawed said,
I guess the xbox live argument for purchasing wp7 has just evaporated lol.

Not if you actually want to play games on your phone...

but its easy to make a turn based game work across multiple platforms, all i can see is some server-side conversion of the data when going between WP7 and the browser, and turn based means that the data usage is in little discrete bursts, something like browsing the web...
realtime games with continuous data streams are much harder to pull off

carmatic said,
all i can see is some server-side conversion of the data when going between WP7 and the browser

Why would they need any conversion? Silverlight is available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and WP7. XNA is available on Windows, XBox and WP7.

So you may be able to play from your phone against others sat at a computer or possibly a different type of phone.............hmmmm!!!

A nice feature if that`s what it is, hopefully full details will soon be announced.

Riggers said,
So you may be able to play from your phone against others sat at a computer or possibly a different type of phone.............hmmmm!!!

A nice feature if that`s what it is, hopefully full details will soon be announced.

Exactly. Sounds like a smart move.

Riggers said,
So you may be able to play from your phone against others sat at a computer or possibly a different type of phone.............hmmmm!!!

Except you will need silverlight in the browser for the more interactive games.

dotf said,
Except you will need silverlight in the browser for the more interactive games.
Hardly the worst thing in the world.