Feeds

Microsoft flaunts cross-platform gaming goodies

Woo! Convergence!

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Ninety per cent of a game's source code can now be shared between an Xbox, a PC and a phone - assuming one wants an Xbox game on a three-inch screen.

The demonstration, performed at Microsoft's tech•ed conference, shows a platform game transitioning from an Xbox to a Windows Phone 7 Series, and finally to a PC. All three versions exist as a single Visual Studio project, and share 90 per cent of the source code - not to mention cloud-based state storage that allows continued gameplay between platforms.

Microsoft isn't the first to suggest that punters might want to take their gaming experience with them: Nokia's last pitch for N-Gage was as a cross-platform gaming environment that only managed one game ("Reset Generation"), which was enough to demonstrate that applying the limitations of a mobile phone to a desktop game doesn't make any sense.

N-Gage also promised cloud-based storage, allowing the user to pick up from where they left off, but even while demonstrating a game doing exactly that Microsoft's spokesman admits that it's probably not games that are going to benefit from such cross-platform-cloud-based application development.

Microsoft reckons that its combination of platforms enable all kinds of applications across three screens - with e-government and social networking being specifically mentioned. So far convergence has mainly been about accessing the same content on different devices: few people are using instant messaging on a TV, or word processing on a telephone, which is what true convergence should bring.

Quite how far convergence should go is open to debate: and Apple is headed the same way with the iPhone/iPad combination, with applications being binary-compatible between different form factors. Still, anything that reduces the amount of code one has to write is to be applauded. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.