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Guitar Hero 5 runs on Windows Phone 7 hardware. The console hit will be among the phone series' top launch titles.  (Source: Microsoft)

Windows Phone 7 gamers can also save Hoth from those pesky imperials with "Star Wars: Battle for Hoth". And you thought they smelled bad on the outside...  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft brings out some big guns, as well as some lesser known titles

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 series has drawn a lot of criticism due to reports that it will not implement multitasking and copy & paste -- features that its prime competitors RIM, Google and Apple have mastered.  However, a solid base experience and a solid app library is just as important.

When it comes to apps, Microsoft is especially focused on gaming.  The company yesterday at Gamescom 2010 in Cologne, Germany unveiled a plethora of details about its upcoming Xbox Live service and a host of titles that will available at launch.

Among the upcoming games include 
Assassins CreedBejeweled LIVE, Crackdown 2: Project SunburstEarthworm Jim, Fast & Furious 7Guitar Hero 5Halo WaypointSplinter Cell ConvictionStar Wars: Battle for HothThe Oregon Trail, and Zombie Attack!

Games will be hosted on a central hub, so if, heaven forbid, you lose your Windows Phone, you can easily regain access to your library.  Most games will have trials available that you can test drive before you buy them.

The WP7 iteration of the Xbox Live service also features some nice social gaming features.  Like its console brethren, it features unlockable achievements and competitive Gamerscores.

One minor disappointment is that it does not appear that real-time multiplayer titles (such as
Quake-style FPS match) will be available.  The announcement from Microsoft does say that turn-based (asynchronous) multi-player gaming can be supported.  It seems like just a matter of time, though, before someone comes up with a lightweight real-time FPS for WP7 hardware.

Microsoft has a lot of ground to catch up to match Nintendo or Sony in mobile gaming... or even to match Google or Apple.  However, as it proved in the console world, just because you're late to the game doesn't mean that you can't prove a big success.  If you told people in 2001 when Microsoft launched the original Xbox that it would go on to be beat Sony -- the top player in the market at the time, with over 7 years experience in the console industry -- most would have thought you were crazy.  Thus it's important not to write off Windows Phone 7's gaming potential prematurely.



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Woohoo!!!
By FITCamaro on 8/17/2010 2:19:36 PM , Rating: 5
OREGON TRAIL!!!




RE: Woohoo!!!
By Donkeyshins on 8/17/2010 4:58:08 PM , Rating: 5
"You have died of dysentery"


um?
By smackababy on 8/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: um?
By DFranch on 8/17/2010 11:55:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think the author means would go on to beat SONY in the next generation. The reason they still make PS2 is because SONY removed the backward compatibility from the PS3. Most original Xbox games work just fine on the 360.


RE: um?
By Einy0 on 8/17/2010 9:04:44 PM , Rating: 1
The author seemed to imply to me that MS beat Sony out of the gates when it joined the console market since it's talking about being late to the game. If it includes this current generation then that's not definitive. The current war still rages on imo. I think MS will win but Sony has come on strong with the slim PS3. I also wonder how many of the 360 sales where replacements for owners of dead ones. I know one person who had a PS3 go. His BD-Rom drive died, the rest works great lol... Every person I know including myself either had a 360 replaced under warranty or had to replace it themselves before the warranty change. A few more recently for dead DVD-Rom drives.


RE: um?
By nafhan on 8/18/2010 9:58:37 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't get that impression.
The Xbox vs. PS2 analogy made me think that WP7 (in it's initial implimentation) might not do that great, but it will lay the groundwork for a product that will.
Also, I think MS is closer to Nintendo than Sony where it really counts (i.e. where the money is) and that's software sales.


RE: um?
By B3an on 8/19/2010 8:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The author seemed to imply to me that MS beat Sony out of the gates when it joined the console market since it's talking about being late to the game

That clearly wasn't meant. Everyone else seems to of understood it just fine.


Looks nice
By Nekrik on 8/17/2010 12:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like they might really be bringing something good to the market, won't be perfect when it's first out the door but they have a great platform to build on. The Zune integration, XBox games, Enterprise functions like Office/SP support, it all looks good thus far.




Dual Usage
By SunAngel on 8/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Dual Usage
By TheRequiem on 8/17/2010 10:12:30 AM , Rating: 2
You must have not used Android? There is a reason it's growing as fast as it is you know... and I use to use iPhone too.


RE: Dual Usage
By ertomas on 8/17/2010 11:03:18 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
There is a reason it's growing as fast as it is you know...


It has the bigger GBs


RE: Dual Usage
By theapparition on 8/17/2010 1:29:10 PM , Rating: 5
and the Wifis


Mircosoft beat Sony?
By Gungel on 8/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By amanojaku on 8/17/2010 10:55:18 AM , Rating: 2
Did you look at the source? It only included Xbox360 and PS3 sales. Yes, the author should have specified which consoles he was comparing, but he probably just looked at the chart and didn't bother to verify.

Xbox 360 - 41.7M
PS3 - 38.1M

Pretty close, actually, though in MS' favor.


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By Mitch101 on 8/17/2010 12:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
Those are Pre-July Figures

Hardware Sales July 2010
1. Xbox 360 443,500 (-2% compared to June)
2. Nintendo DS 398,400 (-22%)
3. Wii 253,900 (-40%)
4. PlayStation 3 214,500 (-30%)
5. PSP 84,000 (-31%)

In July the new 360 Slim nearly beat out the PS3 and Wii Combined. But I dont think it matters any more most developers will write for all 3 consoles.

What will be interesting is to see who wins in the Holiday season the Veteran Wii, the 360 with/without Kinect or the PS3 with is it the Orb?


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By DanNeely on 8/17/2010 1:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think a new product launch month is a particularly fair comparison point.


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By nikon133 on 8/17/2010 9:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think Gran Turismo 5 will do more to PS3 sales than Move/Orb/Arc gadget. I might be wrong, though - new SOCOM/Move demo do look nice.


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By StevoLincolnite on 8/17/2010 11:00:54 AM , Rating: 2
Wii >> Xbox 360 >> Playstation 3 in terms of sales this generation.
PS2 >> Xbox >> Gamecube for last generation.

Make no mistake the PS2 is last generations hardware, it may sell well, however that is TWO consoles selling against one, and those two consoles are of different generations. (Do they even sell the PS2 anymore?)

To Sony's credit they have been gaining traction, except since the release of the Xbox 360 Slim which has even been out-selling the venerable Wii.
I can also imagine that the Xbox 360 will be a top seller next month with the launch of Halo: Reach as well.


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2010 11:34:30 AM , Rating: 2
It's not all about consoles sold. Accessory and software attach rates (including DLC) are much larger indicators of success. If you can sell 20 million consoles, but can't sell games and controllers, then it becomes much more difficult to make money.

This list is pretty interesting and explains why Nintendo is generally so profitable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_...


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By darkblade33 on 8/18/2010 12:01:07 AM , Rating: 2
I love hearing all about PS2 sales.. the first 3 yrs it existed it had the basically Nintendo Game Cube as competition, with the Xbox 1 coming in around the 3rd year of a already dominating PS2... The game cube didn't come along until OVER A YEAR after PS2's release.. So basically PS2 had OVER a years headstart (see NO COMPETITION - don't even try to mention the dead N64 - with every developer on the planet on board making games for the PS2 who the heck wouldn't be #1?? ..Hey, Those days are over.. Everone has to compete now.. and Nintendo is at least making attempts to make some more adult games, although hardly close enough for my taste! The PS2 was the right console at the exact right time, with no real competition launched with it.. That was the perfect storm and will lonely never happen again.. I didn't say NEVER !


RE: Mircosoft beat Sony?
By kumquatsrus on 8/18/2010 4:55:27 PM , Rating: 2
lolwut, the ps2 was #1 because the ps1 was already successful and well established with its huge library of quality games. Sony had the massive support of the 3rd party devs, while nintendo was nintendo, and the xbox was an unproven newcomer. Not to mention at the time, the ps2 was an inexpensive dvd player right out of the box as well, helping to push sales. So I would't call it a perfect storm that could never happen again. And the ps2 had a one yr head start on both the gc and xbox. The ps2 came out fall of 2000, while the gc and xbox both came out fall of 2001. Prior to last gen, playstation was a brand that had already become synonymous with gaming. So to think the domination of the ps2 was a lucky accident is clearly a mistake.


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