Get ready for Xbox games on Windows Mobile

10:58, January 04, 2010      

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Microsoft has hinted that it might integrate online gaming into Microsoft's Windows Mobile. For those online video game enthusiasts who enjoy Xbox 360, they may soon be able to play its games on mobile phone.

Microsoft is advertising a job for a program manager who can introduce Xbox Live games to the Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft's recruitment advertisements says that Microsoft hopes this new employee can create an effective experience "with Xbox Live features" through the network.

Microsoft is expected to launch a new Windows Mobile operating system in the fourth quarter of this year, which is the seventh generation of the operating system. This improvement is very important for Microsoft's prospects of maintain its competitiveness in the mobile phone industry. Microsoft's competitors include Apple, Nokia and Google. Google's Android operating system is expected to gain more market share this year.

However, Microsoft may also decide to launch its own Windows Mobile-based gaming devices to compete with Sony's PSP and Nintendo DS.

Microsoft's actions rekindle memories of Nokia trying to use the NGage gaming mobile to enter the mobile gaming market. However, Nokia soon got rid of the dedicated gaming device, and instead built a platform which can be used on a variety of devices.

The difference between Microsoft and Nokia is there are already a lot of fans of Microsoft's Xbox who pay to play Halo and other online games. Taking into account that Microsoft already has a stake in its game developer Bungie Studios, Microsoft is well placed to create mobile games.

Perhaps the only thing people are surprised about is that Microsoft took such a long time to turn to the use of Xbox brand to enhance its influence in the mobile market.

Windows Mobile was originally considered an operating system for enterprise, focusing on the same market as the BlackBerry. However, since the iPhone's success which promotes consumers' growing interest in mobile gaming, Microsoft has decided it is perhaps the time to make the step into Xbox games mobile gaming.

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