XBLA in the Palm of your Hand…

I think launch day will be quite a telling time from the perspective of  development for Windows Phone 7. Third party game developers rely on using the XNA framework and it will certainly be interesting to see how many published Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) developers port their project to the phone. Pocket-Lint have been told by MS that all Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) games can be ported to WP7 by adding “four lines of code”. With MS currently in talks with all publishers of XBLA games, they are in a great position in terms of number of games available at launch with minimal code changes. Over 300+ XBLA titles could potentially be ported to the phone in time for launch, including Duke Nukem 3D, Sensible World of Soccer, Doom, Golden Axe and Sonic the Hedgehog. Having an existing developer base is an advantage often undermined when people judge the potential success of the platform, and this will be an opportunity for MS to exhibit the power of coding once and deploying on multiple systems. More information will be released over the coming months detailing what specific titles gamers can expect.