Microsoft details Mango changes to Games Hub [Video]

Though you can watch our video tour above of the new Games Hub in Windows Phone "Mango" (see review), you'll want to read all the changes cataloged by Microsoft themselves. From the Windows Phone Blog, you can tell, once again, that Microsoft is listening to consumers by incorporating a lot of changes. Indeed, the Games Hub feel more unified with the whole Xbox ecosystem and the changes are most welcomed.

Here's what's new:

  • Improved Collection View - basically smaller icons for games with a list view, makes it easier to navigate
  • New 3D Avatars with attitude - With XNA/Silverlight in a single app, your 3D Avatar is now "built in" with more functionality and movement
  • Improved Xbox LIVE messaging - Word suggest/complete is now built in, you can communicate with other Xbox  LIVE members on PC, phones or console. "If a message contains certain emoticons (e.g. Smile, Sad smile), you’ll notice your avatar’s expression change to reflect that emotion! (If a sender overloads a message with conflicting emoticons, your avatar will look bewildered."
  • Connect with Xbox LIVE friends
  • Integrated achievements and new comparison views
  • Edit your profile
  • Improved Spotlight content
  • Improved game request notifications: In Mango, you’ll receive notifications for multiplayer game or turn requests and can track them in the Requests section of the Games Hub.

Some of those last few ones are just carry overs from Xbox LIVE Extras, which is now purely for the Avatar Marketplace and to design your Avatar. Overall, a solid list of changes to look forward too.

Source: Windows Phone Blog


Reader comments

Microsoft details Mango changes to Games Hub [Video]


I think real-time multiplayer is the change people really want to see, the rest of this stuff is just fluff.

Just tap the album cover (don't hold) in the now playing view to get the favorites, shuffle, and repeat controls in NoDo...

Definitely welcome changes! Especially the new zune layout, hated trying to do a half pivot on the history to get where I wanted. Xbox looks so much better, the green was too much and there was way too little information.

During your Smart DJ demo in the Music+Video demo I noticed that the dropdown menu included a Download option for the songs loaded from the Zune Marketplace. You didn't comment on that, but that is a nice feature. If you tap Download, does it offer you the chance to use a Zune Pass credit as a purchase option? That would be really nice.

I'd like to see Avatar Awards on WP7. They can be beneficial in multiple ways:a)rewards the playerb)free advertising for the gamec)shows the intrigue of changing your avatar, perhaps leading to future Marketplace purchases.Perhaps with these little advancements and integration will see it.The new look of the hub looks nice, but doesn't offer anything too earth shattering.