XBox Live on Lumia 800 – Beginning of a new era:
XBox Live was Microsoft’s Take on Gaming market via their full fledge XBox, XBox 360 video game consoles competing directly with Sony’s PlayStation and Nintendo’s Wii. After success of their XBox initiative in Gaming Console market, it was a natural extension of the same into the mobile gaming itself.
Gaming on Mobiles is been an era where many have taken their own initiatives, but no one actually lasted long than Apple itself. Multi-player gaming is fun on Apple devices via Game Center. Nokia did tried with their N-Gage Games in past, but sadly that didn’t worked out for long. But with XBox Live, it seems to be a steady start for Microsoft considering the neat interfaces and effective reach to consumers.
XBox Console users might already be aware of the details, but on mobile version, what will instant connect with the consumer will be their XBox Avtar. Easy to create, easy to customize\accessorize to match even your looks, Xbox Live sure gonna be a fun thing for your kids at home. Check out video given below that how it dances on your tunes (fun but same moves for every song and that too for a small amount of time).
Like I mentioned earlier, Windows Phone groups all the related tasks into one Tile and for Gaming it will be XBox Live Tile. All the games you install on your Windows Phone automatically find their place into XBox Live. I kind of started loving this sort of automatic arrangement in each task.
May be Game apps in Windows Marketplace might not be that big in number as you find them on Apple Store, but the way, they are growing and introducing innovation, it doesn’t seem to be much far to see them competing well in a short time. Interesting part is the social aspect of gaming as with XBox Live, one can find friends who are also registered on Xbox Live. Since this is all linked to Xbox Live, you can chat with your friends on the Xbox 360 and the regular Xbox. And it will be more bigger if you have a XBox 360 at your home as Xbox Companion allows for even greater interaction and control over your Xbox 360.
I am not much into gaming so couldn’t check in that much lengths but as about the games in Windows Marketplace, you find a separate section for Games only and be assured, your Angry Bird already there.
Now comes the negative part.
Not only there are not many free games but also Games on Windows Phone didn’t felt competitive pricewise (Minimum 3$ at least (Rs 150 INR+) for even crap games). Not sure, how majority of buyers gonna react on this when they do not even have an option to sideload apps in Windows Phone without hacking it (like its been in Symbian by Installing a signed sis file or in Android an .apk file).
I would say Microsoft/Nokia need to revise this strategy on gaming apps before. it hurts big on the potential sales.