Engadget is running a preview of Microsoft's attempt to bring Xbox Live to upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices
. Launch titles will include Guitar Hero
, and Halo: Waypoint
, and many of the features from the console version of Xbox Live will make the transition intact. Quoting:
"Live on WP7 will allow for full avatar integration (we're talking fully rendered, interactive avatars) along with customization (clothes, accessories, and more). The company has even crafted an avatar-centric version of familiar phone utilities like flashlight apps and levels, adding some whimsy to what would normally be pretty staid affairs. Additionally, messaging, friend lists / status, achievements, and leaderboards (with friend comparisons) are all here as well, making for a pretty complete mobile Xbox Live experience. And also just like the console, every game will have a try-before-you buy demo to check out before spending your hard-earned cash."