Earlier in the week Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer was caught in an interview with AusGamers, where he commented a “connected ecosystem” across a wide range of devices is where he sees “the future of gaming.”
This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going. You don’t have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that.
During the interview he brought up Shadowrun, a cross-platform multiplayer game that launched on the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007. Although a title Microsoft definitely learnt a lot from, it failed to achieve any resemblance of financial success on either PC or 360.
So is our friend Phil Spencer talking about real cross platform gaming or just companion apps and stat checking? I’d definitely love to team up with some PC players when Dead Rising 3 is released. What do you guys think?