Windows Phone is a a mobile OS, which may be new (we are not considering the now defunct Windows Mobile), but is starting to shake up the competition with its entry, in the Apple and Google dominated market.
Phones like the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan prove that Windows Phones are pieces of solid hardware. And anybody who has used a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) knows how slick and fluid the OS is. But still, Windows Phones are lagging greatly behind the competition. This may be due to several reasons, but the greatest reason is the lack of intuitive apps and games, which are the bread and butter of Modern mobile operating systems.
Windows Phone has a very limited number of games, and the ones which are present are already available on other mobile OS, so they do not add to the uniqueness of Windows Phones. Games such as Angry Birds and Doodle Jump on your Windows Phone don’t exactly provide you with bragging rights when it comes to having cool games on your phone. Check the post below, for details on the sad tale.
Android and iOS on the other hand have various cool games, like GTA III, on their phones.
But this doesn’t mean that nothing can be done in order to make gaming on Windows Phones better. In fact, if Microsoft plays its cards well, Windows Phones can actually dominate in the mobile gaming market.
Microsoft has the advantage that it is the owner of the Xbox 360, and hence they can make use of many of their original IPs to produce fantastic games.
In a previous post, we have mentioned how games like Kinectimals have made perfect use of this link with the Xbox 360. But this can be taken to an even higher level.
1. PS Vita and PS3 Like Integration
Some games on the PS Vita have the power to be played on the handheld console, and then later be played on the PS3 and vice versa. Imagine being able to do the same thing with your Windows Phone and Xbox 360.
Yeah, play Halo 3 on your Xbox 360, and then later continue to play it on your mobile phone on the go. Of course, some tweaking will have to be done in the control system, like use of an external controller, or introduction of more buttons on Windows Phones, like in the case of the Xperia Play. But if developers try, this can actually work out pretty good.
2. Who Needs a Wii U?
What if your Windows Phone could act as a second display. It could used to display inventory and maps for particular games. It could be used a shield, a steering wheel etc. The possibilities are endless. Windows Phones can easily function similar to the tablet like remote of the Wii U. This could not only broaden the types of games you could play on the Xbox 360, but give extended usage to your Windows Phones.
3. Make Use of the Best IPs
It is not necessary that your Windows Phone connect to another console to produce good games. The developers can produce excellent games for the Windows Phones themselves, making use of popular IPs (not rip-offs, sorry Gameloft).
Imagine being able to play games like Halo, Forza, Gears Of War, Fable on your Windows Phone. We are not saying that you will be able to play full fledged HD versions of games like Assasins Creed 2, but even mobile versions like the Assasins Creed for PSP would be cool. A portable Forza would be a dream come true.
Besides this , developers should also endeavour to produce more unique “mini game” type titles, along the line of World Of Goo and Where’s My Water? These game are not really hardware taxing, are easier to make, and are still fun to play.
The scope is high, but it is up to the developers to produce some quality games. We expect the developers to come around, but we hope this happens soon.