Latest Hydro Thunder Go update greatly improves performance

As I tweeted on Saturday night the latest version of Hydro Thunder Go for Windows Phone 7 greatly improves the games performance which was previously suffering from sever framerate dips during busy races. The game is still being render at sub-WVGA resolution (400×240 instead of 800×480) but this is unfortunately caused by the Adreno 200 GPU which isn’t capable of handling what’s being rendered on the screen at the device’s native resolution (the water’s real-time environmental reflections is most probably the killer here). Thankfully the next batch of Windows Phone handsets which are set be released in the coming months will all include the more powerful Adreno 205 GPU but even then it will be up to developers to decide if it’s going to be worth targeting this GPU instead of the old one given the current install base.

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Hydro Thunder Go hands on video

The first game of the 6 weeks of Must Have Games promo event is now released and it’s as previously announced: Hydro Thunder Go. Hydro Thunder was organically an arcade game developed by Midway back in 1999 and release in the same year on the Sega Dreamcast console. The game essentially consists of racing high speed transformable speedboats through crazy looking race tracks environments that are constantly changing. You will have access to 9 race environments and 12 different speedboats alongside several Xbox Live achievements.

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Microsoft delays Angry Birds until end of June, announces dates and prices of upcoming Xbox Live games

Contrary to what was officially announced last month Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 won’t be out until June 29th (priced at $2.99). Microsoft just can’t get the PR right it seems. The 6 weeks of must have game campaign was initially set to start on April 9th but the company silently delayed the whole thing without saying anything about the whole situation and left people wondering what was going on.

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Video of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live games: Hydro Thunder Go, Fable Coin Golf, GeoDefence

Microsoft has just uploaded a video of the of the February Xbox showcase event which contains hand on footage of some of the upcoming Xbox Live enabled Windows Phone 7 games announced a few weeks ago. You will get to see Fable Coin Golf, Hydro Thunder Go and Geo Defense in action. Hydro Thunder Go is obviously the most resource intensive in terms of 3D rendering and it unfortunately really shows up in the video where you will see that the game’s framerate seems to be on the lower-end of the scale. Let’s just hope that this was just an un-finished version of the game thought. Video after the break:

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Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic, Plants vs Zombies, Geo Defense and Doodle Jump coming soon to Windows Phone 7

Ready for some new AAA Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live enabled games? Microsoft has just officially announced that Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic, Plants vs Zombies, Geo Defense and Doodle Jump are going to be released in the coming weeks. Apart from Geo Defense which was announced back in March of last year (as part of the initial Xbox Live games line up) the rest of the games list here are officially confirmed by Microsoft for the first time.

Six Weeks of Smash Hit Games

Delivering on the promise to bring a fresh catalog of fun, quality games on Windows Phone 7, we’re proud to announce our exciting collection of Must Have Games — six weeks of smash hit games you don’t want to miss. No matter what kind of games you enjoy, the lineup of Must Have Games has something for you, delivering the biggest names in mobile games complete with Xbox LIVE Achievements, leaderboards, and more.

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