If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Kinect/WP7 link-up features shown off

Clever tech coming in new update.

Windows Phone 7 users will soon be able to link up with the Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral for cross-platform multiplayer, Microsoft has announced.

As reported by CNN, a brief demo shown during the platform holder's presentation at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this weekend featured two users playing virtual dodgeball in Kinect Sports.

The Windows Phone 7 user could see their opponent's outline mapped on the handset's display in real time and throw projectiles using the touch screen. The other player then had to shimmy out of the way using the Kinect's camera.

Windows Phone 7 chief Joe Belfiore insisted it was "real code" at work - not just a mocked-up demo – and promised that more players will be able to join in as well.

No further details were offered, but the functionality will apparently be added to the OS via an update later this year, along with multitasking, SkyDrive cloud storage support and third-party music player integration.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

Tagged With

About the Author

Fred Dutton avatar

Fred Dutton

Contributor

Fred Dutton was Eurogamer's US news editor, based in Washington DC.

Comments

More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch