What will the Xbox One mean for Windows Phone?
Microsoft finds itself in a somewhat unique place in the electronics industry, with products in both the smartphone and console gaming spheres. Sure, Sony hits both those notes, but there’s a big difference between manufacturing smartphones and having direct control over a smartphone platform. In theory, that should lead to some fantastically tight integration between Windows Phone and the Xbox 360, and we really have seen some nice features, like SmartGlass. Where are things headed from here, though? While he was pretty tight-lipped, Microsoft senior marketing manager Greg Sullivan did have a little bit to say about the company’s direction as it gears-up for the release of the next-gen Xbox One.
Speaking with PCMag, Sullivan was clear that he was limited as to what he was allowed to disclose, but made it clear: “[that] doesn’t mean there’s nothing that’s being worked on.” In lieu of delving into specifics about just what sort focus Microsoft would place on making Windows Phone 8 (and future releases) work alongside the Xbox One, Sullivan offered, “the general idea of an increased seamlessness and integration across these elements is a goal.”
He also suggests that Windows Phone is already evidence of a “great cross-divisional collaboration” and that things are only going to get better along that line from here on out.
We know – a lot of talk without actually saying much. Hopefully as we near the Xbox One’s release later this year, we’ll get some more specific information on just how your phone will work with Microsoft’s latest console.