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Xbox Live Truly Goes Mobile on Windows Phone 7

There have been various 3rd party apps that try and integrate basic features of the Xbox Live service on smartphones, but none of them can even begin to sniff the balls of Microsoft’s own Live app.  Once the Windows Phone 7 debuts, it will come with its own Xbox Live application, which simulates the exact experience you would get on the 360 console.  You won’t be able to play console titles on it, but it does pretty much everything else.

From your Windows Phone 7 you’ll be able to play with your Avatar, score cheves, and message with friends.  You will also have a fully supported catalogue of games that are just for Windows Mobile devices.  All of these games will have achievements as well, with 200G available to nab with each game.  Any changes to your gamerscore, or avatar from your phone, will also translate to your console.  There will also be avatar widgets for your phone’s OS, and the avatar will also react to how you hold your phone.  Gimmicky?  Sure, but you know you’d be showing off your little avatar getting his brains shook up to every gamer you know.

Games will be similar to what is available for the iPhone, but there will also be some MS exclusives like a Crackdown game.  There should be around 50 titles at launch, with some games being available to play on your phone, or from a PC if you’re not by your phone.  Overall, the games look like great time wasters.  That’s all you need a phone to do anyway right?  I’m not looking to play an in-depth game from my phone.  I just want something to dabble with while I’m waiting in line, or at the doctor’s office, because having a hand down your pants in public doesn’t fly.  This really helps me not want to b*tch slap some kid next to me for looking ugly in public.  I have a real hard time being patient in public places, so my phone has become my pacifier via its mobile games.

Below you can watch a commercial for Xbox Live on Windows Mobile 7, and I’ve also pasted the official announcement that includes all of the corporate mumbo-jumbo plus a games list.  Too bad MS is going to hog this application for its own phone platform.  It looks cool enough that I’d definitely pay for it on my Droid, and I’m guessing Apple fans would do the same.  Maybe one day Bill will need some more cash and open of the Xbox Live app to the world!  Yeah right!  You’ve been scoring cheves mobile style…

Official Announcment Posted from Gizmodo Article

With Xbox LIVE and a Blockbuster Title Lineup, Windows Phone 7 Marks a
New Era in Mobile Gaming

First wave of Xbox LIVE titles from award-winning publishers announced for the launch of
Windows Phone 7.

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.*

“We believe that no matter where life takes you, the best in gaming and
entertainment should follow,” said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at
Microsoft. “Windows Phone 7 takes a different approach to handheld gaming, utilizing Xbox
LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, leading game publishers, and innovative indie developers, to
create powerful, shared experiences for everyone.”

The Games You Want, Played When and Wherever You Want Them

In a sea of games, apps, gadgets and gizmos, the biggest obstacle can be finding the
game that’s right for you. Only Windows Phone 7 has a Games hub featuring Xbox LIVE,
creating a different kind of mobile gaming experience that puts the games you want front and
center. Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 will be specially selected from the top names in
mobile, PC and console game development, making the best mobile games even better, thanks to
Xbox LIVE. With try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leaderboards, turn-based multiplayer,
Achievements and more, Windows Phone 7 brings the quality, consistency and community of
the Xbox experience to gamers on the go.

Windows Phone 7 also will be supported by content from Microsoft Game Studios
(MGS), providing strong first-party gaming titles and intellectual property for the phone. For
Xbox fans, this means that Windows Phone 7 will offer companion titles to familiar names, such
as “Halo: Waypoint,” and “Crackdown 2,” extending the experience of their favorite Xbox 360
franchises.

“Windows Phone 7 is the launch of a major gaming platform for Microsoft,” said Matt
Booty, general manager of mobile gaming for MGS. “Just like we’ve done with Xbox 360, our
charter is to push the envelope and deliver definitive games that maximize the platform. We will
have an incredible lineup of MGS titles, and that’s just the beginning.”

The most creative minds in game development are bringing the biggest franchises to
Windows Phone 7. The first wave of launch portfolio titles includes Xbox LIVE games from
the likes of Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap and THQ. Whether you choose to play
a gem of a puzzler with “Bejeweled™ LIVE” (PopCap), bring down the house with “Guitar
Hero 5” (Glu Mobile), fight off a destructive alien invasion in “The Harvest” (MGS), paint
your way out of a corner with “Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay) or defend your city
in “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS), the first wave of games announced in the launch
portfolio of Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 has something for every mobile gamer:

“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)

Xbox LIVE: Bringing More to Your Mobile Gaming

Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 unlocks a world of games and fun and directly
connects you to a global community of more than 25 million active Xbox LIVE members.
Windows Phone 7 is the only phone that seamlessly integrates Xbox LIVE and provides unique
mobile gaming experiences:

Avatars. Connect to your Xbox LIVE profile and Avatar, or create a new one if you don’t already have an Avatar or Xbox LIVE profile; take your 3-D Avatar and props with you on the phone with full closet access.

Friends. Bring your Xbox LIVE friends with you everywhere; compare Achievements, challenge rivals to your favorite game, and even see who’s online and what they’re doing on their consoles, PCs or phones.

Game access. Easily view and launch your full game library from a single location; find, try and buy new games either in the Marketplace or Games hub.

Achievements. Earn, view and track Achievements, view Xbox LIVE leaderboards and build your Gamerscore across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 – every time you play an Xbox LIVE title.

Messaging. Communicate with all of your Xbox LIVE friends, any time you want, through Xbox LIVE messages.

Multiplayer. Invite, connect and play against friends on other Windows Phone 7 phones or the PC with turn-based (asynchronous) multiplayer gaming.

Spotlight. Access Xbox LIVE Spotlight feeds, including the latest game titles, breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, and more.

Additional titles in the launch portfolio will be released between now and the Windows Phone 7 launch this holiday season; once the phone launches, new Xbox LIVE titles also will be added to the games portfolio every week.

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Via [Gizmodo]

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