While we already knew that Windows Phone 7 would be integrated with Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live, today a Microsoft rep confirmed that they are currently working on phone to console gaming for PCs and Xbox 360. The rep said “So initially we’re turn by turn-based,” when talking about the phone to phone multiplayer functionality at launch.
The Microsoft rep went on to say, “We are working on real-time phone-to-console, likely initially through Wi-Fi — again, operator networks are sensitive to that. That’s not on day one; day one will be turn-by-turn as well as companion-type gaming where you play a level on the phone and it may unlock a level or a weapon or some special achievement on the console game. But, uh yeah — absolutely working on phone-to-console real-time. That is something we’re working on and expect to have in the near future.”
The full interview is below. Skip past the first 10 minutes to get right to the part about Xbox Live integration.