Windows Phone 7's Xbox Live HUB is now up and running

Here’s some good news from the Windows Phone 7 team: The XBOX Live HUB is now up and running in the latest internal build of the OS. Here’s what Michael Klucher had to say:

My Windows Phone 7 device has really become my phone. I keep it updated with the latest builds and use it as I would any phone I’ve ever owned. I play games(from App Week), check my email, listen to music, and surf the web. This week started out like most others, I flashed my phone, entered my Windows Live ID, and went into the Games Hub…

Whoa! That’s me! By me of course I mean my Gamertag, Avatar, and latest Achievement in the Games Hub! I couldn’t believe it, we’ve had the Games Hub working for a while, but up until now it’s been on internal networks inside Microsoft. This week was the first time I really got to see my “true” gamer identity on the phone.

In that moment everything that we’ve been talking about and everything we’ve been showing became so very real to me. I mean here I was with Xbox LIVE in my hand! It’s an incredible experience to see something that many of us have been working on really come together and shine.

It almost goes without saying that I’m so excited for the Windows Phone 7 release this holiday, and can’t wait for each of you to have the same experience I did of having the Xbox LIVE experience on the phone! We’re getting closer every day and it will be here before you know it. There’s a lot more to talk about from E3 this year, but for now I just had to share with you my excitement of seeing this working.

XBOX Live is going to be Windows Phone 7′s main differentiator against its competitors (even though Apple has now implemented similar service in iOS 4), with more than 25 million subscribers worldwide Microsoft hopes that the integration of the service into its mobile OS will help its (WP7) adoption in the more casual / consumer market. I just hoped we would here more about Windows Phone 7 during this year’s E3..

Source: M.Klucher

  • JagTechie

    This is very cool, but I’m still really confused about something. Obviously you can’t play games like Halo, etc. But what I don’t know is what exactly, from an Xbox Live perspective, WILL you be able to do? If it’s just to look at my Avatar and see my status, not sure that’s a big selling point. Or if I’m only able to play basic games from XBL can they at least list them or tell us what the experience will be? Also, by saying XBL will be on the phone, does that mean as a Gold member, I’ll be able to view all things XBL?

  • JagTechie

    This is very cool, but I’m still really confused about something. Obviously you can’t play games like Halo, etc. But what I don’t know is what exactly, from an Xbox Live perspective, WILL you be able to do? If it’s just to look at my Avatar and see my status, not sure that’s a big selling point. Or if I’m only able to play basic games from XBL can they at least list them or tell us what the experience will be? Also, by saying XBL will be on the phone, does that mean as a Gold member, I’ll be able to view all things XBL?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Yeah Microsoft has still a lot to explain about the Xbox Live integration in WP7. I wouldn’t expectanything amazing in the first version launching this fall. But MS has already stted that they will try to bring as many XBLA games to WP7 and that they plan to have some sort of multiplayer action between the the XBOX and WP7 in the future and some for of interaction between full blown XBOX games and apps/games on WP7.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Yeah Microsoft has still a lot to explain about the Xbox Live integration in WP7. I wouldn’t expectanything amazing in the first version launching this fall. But MS has already stted that they will try to bring as many XBLA games to WP7 and that they plan to have some sort of multiplayer action between the the XBOX and WP7 in the future and some for of interaction between full blown XBOX games and apps/games on WP7.

  • Murani

    Really at launch you’ll be able to view your avatar and all your achievements. There will be a section of the Marketplace specifically for XBL achievable games. These will let you play side games that tie in to popular titles like Halo and gain achievements and use those achievements during your actual Halo game on the Xbox.

    With the launch of Kinetic look for some kind of tie-in with that by the start of 2011.

  • Murani

    Really at launch you’ll be able to view your avatar and all your achievements. There will be a section of the Marketplace specifically for XBL achievable games. These will let you play side games that tie in to popular titles like Halo and gain achievements and use those achievements during your actual Halo game on the Xbox.

    With the launch of Kinetic look for some kind of tie-in with that by the start of 2011.