Microsoft has been demonstrating a single game running across a Windows PC, a Windows phone and an Xbox 360, moving yet another step closer to achieving the 'Live Anywhere' vision that Bill Gates set out at E3 back in 2006.
Cross-platform game development
Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project with 90 per cent shared code that runs on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series phone with accelerometer and touch controls, and on the Xbox 360 with a gamepad.
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The simple platform game is a clear indicator of Microsoft's longer term strategy in gaming – cross-platform development made as straightforward as possible for third party developers.
You can stop your gameplay at any point on any of the three devices and pick it up at a later date on any of the devices.
The Windows Phone 7 Series version of the game was shown off on a prototype ASUS device.