In a post thatâ€™s likely a bit more emotional than necessary, Michael Klucher revealed that the Xbox Live hub on Windows Phone 7 has now gone live, meaning the few users (and soon to be many thousand developers) will be able to connect to their Xbox 360 gamer profile without being on Microsoftâ€™s internal network.
Whoa! Thatâ€™s me! By me of course I mean my Gamertag, Avatar, and latest Achievement in the Games Hub! I couldnâ€™t believe it, weâ€™ve had the Games Hub working for a while, but up until now itâ€™s been on internal networks inside Microsoft. This week was the first time I really got to see my â€œtrueâ€ gamer identity on the phone.
The Xbox Live hub is expected to be a major corner stone of the Windows phone 7 experience, with Microsoft recently revealing via CNET that they have insisted for example that OEMâ€™s include unique identifiers in hardware so each phone could be uniquely identified and potentially banned from Xbox Live due to cheating.
Terry Myerson, VP for Windows Phone, is reported to have said:
"This will be the first non-Xbox with access to Xbox Live," he said. "No one has an achievement on Xbox that they didn’t earn. It’s a trusted system, so, the Xbox team, one of the conditions they had for us to be able to put Xbox achievements and badges into the system is that we need to put certain security measures in."
Serious business indeed.
Thanks Ã˜ivind for the tip.