Four years in a row! – it’s an honour to receive the MVP Award for Xbox again this year.
The gaming landscape has changed over the past year. While Xbox Kinect’s library of games saw a huge growth, Microsoft had also aggressively promoted mobile Xbox LIVE connectivity and gaming from Windows Phone 7 devices. At CES 2012 yesterday, new WP7 devices were introduced along with ultrabooks with Windows 8. When I was watching the live stream, I was very impressed with the Picture Password feature. It looks like a sign of great things to come. With the Xbox 360 console’s dashboard updated last December to mirror Windows Phone 7 tiles, I think we can expect more seamless integration among Microsoft software and devices.
The enhancement to the Xbox360 console has begun. Gone are the days of detaching my pre-Xbox360 S hard drive or lugging the Xbox360 S console and bringing over my downloaded content to a friend’s place. With Xbox360 Cloud service, I could now access my profile without hassle. Things are shaping up great.
That said, it looks like mobile gaming competition is heating up real fast. The on-going battle between iOS and Android means greater focus on marketing to consumers, and the battlefield is getting busier with new iPads and Android tablets. With the introduction of ‘dual-world’ devices such as Razer’s Project Fiona and PlayStation’s PS VITA, Windows Phone 7 would need to step up their integration with Xbox LIVE and Xbox360 consoles if Microsoft wants to carve more penetration into the mobile gaming connectivity. Then again, Microsoft may just surprise us with something this year.
In summary, it looks like we can look forward to an exciting E3 2012.
It’s going to be another exciting year for casual and dedicated gamers.