Leaked Microsoft video reveals cross-platform plans

Microsoft discussed cross-platform functionality between the 360, mobile phones, and Windows way back in 2005. However, a recently discovered internal video shows that the company is still working on breaking down barriers between gaming devices.

Dating from May 2010, the video showcases the plans of the team heading up a cross-platform project called the WGX (Windows Gaming eXperience.) It mainly focuses on casual games, but the final part of the video focuses on an Avatar-based game with a logo that looks suspiciously like Battlefield 2's.

Above: The Windows Gaming Experience video

Stephen Chapman at ZDnet, who discovered the video, also dug up a WGX job ad on  LinkedIn:

The Windows Gaming Experience (WGX) Team is a very passionate team embarking to create a new world-class gaming platform that comes alive in the presence of services and leverages the power of the PC to help define the next generation of Windows and Web gaming to 300 million potential customers. WGX team is realizing its strategy via the delivery of Windows and Web gaming solutions built upon existing available services (internal and external to Microsoft) as well as building as needed Azure-based services to enable this vision.

We are at the early stages of defining and architecting and developing excitement around gaming in Windows and the Web. We have a highly visible company-wide charter to promote gaming and empower game developers to create compelling, immersive, rich experiences in Windows and on the Web. We are on a mission to make games a first-class citizen in Windows through our efforts and in collaboration with other groups across the Interactive Entertainment & Devices (IEB) division.

The ad seems to indicate that a the debut of the WGX initiative is still a ways off, and will probably be unveiled shortly before the release of Windows 8 or the next 360.

Mar 22, 2011

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  • Crimmy - March 24, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    One of them is called Justin B. How sad Micro$oft. Also, Pwn spelling fail.
  • Sharkbot - March 23, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    "(No, that's not debatable; if you have two players of equal skill level, one on a PC and one on a console, the PC player WILL win.)" Pure, f***ing truth. I wouldn't mind stomping some kids on the consoles. I did in halo 2 and was repeatedly kicked from the lobby. And one of the reason it didn't take off before is it was practically Shardowrun which was a horrid game, and Halo 2, which was just being out-dated by halo 3 at the time.
  • Det.Coleman - March 23, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    Silly microsoft, experience doesn't start with an x it starts with an e.
  • Fak99 - March 23, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    I believe the only reason PC players would be "excited" for this so that they can "own" all the consoles players with their "super accurate" mouses and all the PC elitist stuff.
  • TheShostopper - March 23, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Dude!....Did anyone else notice that Justin.B, yes that's right JUSTIN.B!, commented on her picture?!!! O.O
  • ChuckB - March 23, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    Dude, I will pay top dollar if I can have my Avy duel wield those F2000s.
  • TheWhitestMexican - March 22, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    2:43- I thought MS avatars weren't allowed to be shown holding guns. DOUBLE STANDARD!!
  • Manguy17 - March 22, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    idont think thats an avatar shooter, i think its just them using the avatars because it would look rubbish to cut from happy swirly land to realistic shooter in that vid.
  • nadrewod - March 22, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Forget "avatar shooter"s, just let me have akimbo uzis as a prop for my gamer pic, and I will be happy. XD
  • Burdmayn - March 22, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Did anyone else notice how expensive that dress was? Geez...
  • popmummy43 - March 22, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    What the fuck did i really just see farmville ON AN XBOX what has the world come to :)
  • p0wnd - March 22, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    FINALLY, someone spelled 'pwned,' correctly Also, PC gamers are snobs, thinking there 'core, WELL I COMPLETED HALO REACH ON HEROIC, with only a few deaths. Feels good to be the best.
  • SirCheesedip - March 22, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Seeing the avatar get shot down felt kinda weird but either way I'd love to get that game!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 22, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    now that I think about it, isn't this the first time the Xbox avatars have ever even had guns? didn't MS take a hardline stance against that?
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 22, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    @db1331 I would agree with you on that... but they did a study on PC gamers vs. console gamers and PC gamers kicked ass every time, which is understandable since a mouse is way more accurate and reactive than a stick. Unevenness aside, they need to do this soon.
  • ray4594 - March 22, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    please be cross platform. I just got a new pc rig and it costed me quite a bit of cash. If my pc and 360 can have support together, it would be AMAZING.
  • icedoesnthelp - March 22, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    So I can play Bulletstorm with 360 players now?
  • festafreak - March 22, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Haha! They're gonna go at the cross platform play again are they? I look forward to smashing xbox players. Actually, I won't buy a GFWL game only to smash xbox players. Ahh crap!
  • SideOfBeef - March 22, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    PC? Mobile games? Don't care. Tell me about Avatars with guns.

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