Microsoft Talks XNA Games for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has unveiled its new XNA Game Studio 4.0 for developers who want to work on games for Windows Phone 7 Series, the Xbox 360 and Windows. According to a blog post by Michael Klucher, Lead Program Manger for the XNA Development Platform, XNA 4.0 packs visual studio integration, which means developers can build a single project and with just a few tweaks, have it run on all three platforms.

Klucher's post also revealed that though Microsoft will continue to support game development for the Zune HD via XNA 3.1 and migrating games from the Zune to Windows Phone 7 will be really easy, the Zune won't be included in the XNA 4.0 release. Rumor has it Microsoft will be launching a Zune HD2 later this year that will be compatible but there's no official confirmation on that.

So what does gaming on Windows Phone 7 look like? Impressive, to say the least.

Engadget describes this title, The Harvest, as "a good looking touch-controlled dungeon crawler with destructible environments." It was put together in two or three weeks and mostly from scratch.

Check the screenshots below.

Read more here and here.

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  • Lewis57
    Do people actually use phones for games? I used to in the days of Snake, but they're just a waste of battery now.
  • Dandalf
    I hear you Lewis, phone gaming seems pretty pointless to me.
  • mi1ez
    Actually, I often play a bit of solitaire when I go for a dump