Windows 8 comes with the promise of improved PC gaming; Microsoft has been far from shy about that. They’re continuing the trend started in 7 by further optimizing the OS for games. Given the company’s recent push towards brand unity, many made the logical leap to Xbox 360 games on PCs -- why not, right? Last week, however, Microsoft confimed the presence of Xbox Live titles in Windows 8 along with the entirety of the Xbox Live experience. Sadly, no support for Xbox discs.
Another area that may be getting some gaming love is Microsoft’s phone division. A patent arose on Friday concerning a new Windows Phone with swappable pieces. The included diagram shows a slide-out keyboard with multiple variants including a gamepad. We’ve seen how well a gaming-centric phone can do thanks to Sony’s Xperia Play or the NGage before it, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
Obviously this brings up the topic of gaming on a smartphone. Microsoft has always steered clear of the handheld gaming market and opted NOT to develop an Xbox Portable. With the rise of mobile gaming via smartphones however, it would only make sense that they fully integrate Xbox Live into their phones. Live already has a home on Windows Phone 7, but it’s far from complete.