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Microsoft Confirms Windows Phone 7 Will Be Xbox 360 Portable

The senior global director of PC and mobile gaming at Microsoft, Kevin Unangst, told Kotaku in an interview that Windows Phone 7 is the company's mobile platform for games.

This, according to him (opens in new tab), is because, the same people behind the Halo franchise and the same development staff work on this, making this essentially, the Xbox 360 portable.

Microsoft has revealed that it has sold more than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 phones that can play Xbox 360 games and are compatible with Xbox Live.

There are already 5500 apps in its marketplace although only a fraction of these (around 60) are Xbox Live-capable games.

The problem is that many game developers have yet to commit to the platform at a time where iOS is the dominating one and Android likely to be the second best.

Furthermore, the first generation Windows Phone 7 platform is not powerful enough to handle the demanding graphics of say, Infinity Blade.

The news come as the Xperia Play - the first true Android gaming phone - is set to be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.