Windows Phone 8 adds Direct X and Havok support

Developers will benefit from a new core and game development platform based on Direct X

Only two days after surprising the world with its Surface tablet, Microsoft unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 platform, which will include a native game development platform based on Direct X. Windows Phone 8 shares a kernel and hardware drivers with Windows 8, with the new native platform allowing developers to easily write games for both platforms without a great deal of porting work.

The native code base is also intended to simplify porting of apps between Android and iOS.

During the Windows Phone 8 Summit, Developer Platform general manager Kevin Gallo also explained that a number of middleware tools already work on Windows Phone 8, including Havok physics, Fmod, Audiokinetic, and Autodesk. Havok has a worldwide licensing agreement with Microsoft to make its development suite available to Windows Phone devs.

At the Summit, Microsoft showed off upcoming games, including Gameloft's N.O.V.A. 3, Gameloft's Asphalt 7, and Big Fish Games' Fairway Solitaire. It also announced that Zynga's Draw Something and Words With Friends are coming to Windows Phone devices soon.

Microsoft plans to release the Windows Phone 8 SDK some time this summer. Windows Phone 8 devices are set to launch this Fall.

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gi biz ;, 5 years ago
Only two days after surprising the world with its Surface tablet
The most impressive thing is how it crashed on the official presentation. That's an old habit though.

I don't know anybody willing to buy a Windows phone or tablet, and with those big ugly buttons they put everywhere and the lack of modern functionalities the whole Windows 8 thing
seems to be a lost battle. I'd rather wait for Tizen to be released or get an Android next time I upgrade my phone.
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Andrew Animator 5 years ago
I have WP7 and it is significantly better than any android phone I have used and the handsets are half the price of an Iphone. THe only problem I have had is the god awful selection of games.

Looks like WP8 will fix that.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
@ Alex I agree that the Windows Phone UI is better than Android, but to call the phone itself better seems odd, because it's not. Windows Phones, pre WP8, are powered around the level of Android phones from, at best, late 2008 and run sub-HD resolutions. While modern smooth Android phones are twice as powerful with bigger, brighter, higher resolution screens and super-snappy performance (look up the HTC One X)

There's also no way to be sure that WP8 will fix the quality of available games. That's up to developers. It's nice that there are better tools, but that only matters if more than 3% of the market (I think WP7's current market share is around this) buys the phone, so people actually spend money to make games for it.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago
I don't think Microsoft really knows what it's doing, it's supposedly the biggest software company in the world, and yet it can't make any exclusive games or killer apps for it's phones?

It could buy a game studio or two to do that, but nope, instead of throws away $7,000,000,000 to buy Skype.

Another thing holding back their phone games are the ridiculous rules that you can't have anything in them (like blood, or nudity, or foul language) that would bump it's rating to anything higher than E for Everyone.
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Igor M D 5 years ago
3% is WP7's market share, but WP8's is 0%. Since games created for WP8 won't work on WP7, so I can't see iOS/Android developers getting in line to port their creations to WP8. Even if their respective iOS/Android games are coded in C++ they'll have to do lots of work still, as MS does not support popular open source frameworks that people use on those platforms, e.g. Open GL ES, Open Al, etc.
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