Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canadas Mobility Solutions Manager revealed at a recent Xbox 360 event that phone-to-Console gaming was coming over WiFi to Windows Phone 7. Milligan also suggested that an initial use would be companion-type games that bring enhancements to full XBox 360 titles and likely through WiFi only due to network speed sensitivities initially. With Xbox integration users will be able to play mini games on Windows Phone 7 handsets to unlock a level or a weapon or some special achievement on a console game. Of interest was the price range suggested by Greg in the $1.99 to $2.99 range, which is much lower than expected for Microsofts Xbox Live titles.
Of note also was that your game invites will show up as avatars of your friends on your tile, which is a pretty great feature; so, If a friend sends you a game request, his avatar will keep popping up on your Xbox Live tile on the home screen. Turn by Turn Multiplayer games will work via Xbox Live Silver. Other information include the lack of twitter integration, but that Microsoft was supporting multiple 3rd party clients. Milligan also mentioned that the Zune marketplace will not arrive in Canada this year, but Microsoft was aiming for a launch early next year. There were no comments regarding phone-to-console chat, sadly. He also suggested a price range of $1.99 to $2.99 for many mobile games, which is much lower than expected for Microsofts Xbox Live titles.
Several gaming features have been announced for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 including phone-to-console multiplayer gaming capabilities.