Microsoft Toying With Games Accessible From Multiple Platforms


Some games like "Bejeweled 2" already seem right at home on your console, computer and mobile device, and Microsoft now has plans to extend saved games across all three platforms, at least if you plan on running three Microsoft operating systems. During a recent keynote presentation at TechEd Middle East in Dubai, Microsoft's Eric Rudder showcased a concept that extend access to a single game across Windows Phone 7, the Xbox 360, and Windows 7.

"It remembers what level I'm on," Rudder explained in the demonstration posted on Engadget. After transitioning from his phone to an Xbox, the game resumed play from his phone-based save.

The platform adventure game on display demonstrated compatibility across interface schemes, using the accelerometer and touch controls on Rudder's phone and the 360's gamepad. Such possibilities should be welcome advancements for developers. It will be interesting to see if Apple has a response to this system and what kinds of games will take advantage.

Being able to continue on the same save file from a tower defense title like "Plants vs. Zombies" from the bus to your desktop or couch would be splendid. I can think of a few action/RPG games that would be nice fits as well. If you see a Microsoft developer running around GDC, be sure to ask them what to expect!

What game would you most like to open up from your phone, computer or console at your leisure? If Microsoft gets the system right, do you think it will influence your hardware-buying decisions? Sound off in the comment section below.

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