PocketGamer reports that Microsoft may be planning to release a native C++ SDK for Windows Phone 7.
They note that the company has been under increasing pressure by game developers who want more performance than XNA can deliver, and who want to easily port their games to the platform.
However if Microsoft does concede to these demands, Pocketgamer notes that not all developers may be granted access, but the main beneficiaries will be middleware companies such as Unity, Epic, Havok and Trinigy et al so that developers using such game engines can gain access to the full performance of Windows Phone 7 hardware.
Microsoftâ€™s Kevin Unangst, senior global director of PC and mobile gaming, has previously confirmed that Microsoft was trying to get Epic to port its game engine to Windows Phone 7. Epic is behind such amazing iPhone titles as Infinity Blade. The hold-up then had also been a native SDK, but at the time Unangst had held the company line, saying Epicâ€™s engine needed to work with Microsoftâ€™s XNA tools.
If Microsoft does release a native SDK they would be in good company, with both Palm and Google eventually releasing native SDKs mainly for gaming purposes on their webOS and Android platforms.
Read more at PocketGamer here.