Microsoft is working on real-time Xbox Live gaming between its new Windows 7 mobile phones and the traditional Xbox 360 home console, according to latest reports.
Speaking at this month's Microsoft X10 event in Toronto, a Microsoft rep outlined the plans for phone-to-console gaming functionality for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
'Turn by turn' tech at launch
Initially, the first games will be tested out with strategy-style 'turn by turn' functionality.
"Initially we're 'turn by turn' based," said a Microsoft rep. "We are working on real-time phone-to-console, likely initially through Wi-Fi - again, operator networks are sensitive to that.
"That's not on day one; day one will be 'turn by turn' as well as companion-type gaming where you play a level on the phone and it may unlock a level or a weapon or some special achievement on the console game.
The rep added that Microsoft was "absolutely working on phone-to-console real-time. That is something we're working on and expect to have in the near future."
You can see the full video interview right here.