WITH THE HUGE SUCCESS of the Xbox, you might expect that Microsoft would have a portable gaming system in the works. But there are no plans at the Vole to bring out a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP rival, unless you count Windows Phone 7.
“This is our mobile platform for games,” said senior global director of PC and mobile gaming Kevin Unangst to Kotaku. “The same people who make the Halo game, the same development folks, work on this, this is our mobile console.”
So gamers looking for a fix of Microsoft gaming will have to make do with Iphone style touchscreen thrills, rather than a more genuine gaming experience. Windows Phone 7 gamers are already well supported with Xbox Live enabled devices and some major support from developers like Electronic Arts.
Titles like Infinity Blade on the Iphone have shown that mobile phones are capable of running powerful games graphically comparable to bigger gaming systems. But the Unreal Engine is something that hasn’t been ported to Windows Phone 7 yet.
This year we will be expecting more powerful Iphone and Android games, a Nintendo 3DS and a Playstation phone. Microsoft, in terms of portable gaming, has a job to do to catch up, let alone keep up. µ
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