Microsoft will soon release an Xbox Live- compatible Windows Phone 7 Operating system, which will provide a gaming experience “much more like Xbox and Xbox Live Arcade,” says Microsoft exec Kevin Unangst (not Butler).
The aim is to make the Windows Phone 7 gaming “much more like the Xbox and Xbox Live Arcade portfolio.” All games released for the Windows Phone 7 will first pass through a rigirous quality test, and only then will they be put online for purchase.
However, these games won’t be released under the Xbox Live banner, and will not support any Xbox Live feature.
“We’re going after the best games, regardless of platform; we’re working with everybody from the big guys to the small indies. It’s the managed portfolio approach, going after the games and the content that matters. No matter where that great gameplay idea comes from, we’re proactively finding the best content for the phone,” Unangst said in an interview with Gamasutra.
“There will be multiple price tiers, but we are taking a console-like portfolio and pricing approach. There will be lower-priced games and higher-priced games.”
Also, just like the Xbox 360, each game will have an inbuilt demo.
We will keep you posted as more info comes.