Microsoft announced today that they are finally incorporating the Xbox LIVE service into mobile phones, namely the Windows Phone 7 Series.
From Avatars and Achievements to leaderboards and multiplayer gaming, Xbox LIVE for mobile devices should provide a platform for quality game development and a solid community of gamers.
Whether games you’ve already purchased via LIVE will be supported is unknown, but expect, at the very least, functionality such as access to Game Room and Zune HD video purchases to be compatible.
Below you’ll find a demo video of the Windows Phone 7 Series (Xbox LIVE announcement at 2:22) as well as the presser.
Gamer on the go? Now you can take many of your favorite Xbox 360 experiences with you, wherever you are. Xbox LIVE – the leading online game and entertainment service in your living room – will be available in your pocket for the first time this holiday on Windows Phone 7 Series. Unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today at Mobile World Congress 2010, the Windows Phone 7 Series games hub featuring Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of games, fun and a community of more than 23 million active members to Windows Phone 7 Series users around the world.
The games hub will provide many popular Xbox LIVE gaming and community features found on the Xbox 360 today, including the ability to:
“Windows Phone 7 Series was built from the ground up with entertainment in mind, and its unique design allowed us to bring some of the best gaming and community features of Xbox LIVE to the Windows mobile platform,” said Ron Pessner, general manager of Xbox LIVE Mobile. “It has always been our vision to expand the Xbox LIVE service to connect people to their games, entertainment and friends wherever they go, and the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series is an important step toward that goal.”