How Microsoft showcases Lumia and Surface in Quantum Break

Earlier today the embargo lifted for a small section of Quantum Break content, allowing the public to get a sneak peek of the game's integrated live-action show. In this footage, we get a glimpse of the game's story and the unlikely future the game envisions, where time is destroyed (and everybody uses Windows Phone).

During the live-action show, we've been able to catch numerous product placements from Microsoft, ranging from the company's software and services and its own hardware. As shown in the first episode, each member of the game's notorious corporation, Monarch Solutions, is kitted out with a Windows Phone and a Windows 10 PC.

Employees of Monarch Solutions, such as Martin Hatch and Liam Burke, both use Lumia 830s running Windows Phone 8.1. The show was reportedly filmed before Windows 10 Mobile's release to Insiders, which explains its exclusion from the production. So put down those pitchforks. Hey, maybe they will update it with a DLC.

Other examples include Windows 10 PCs being used in Monarch Solutions' offices. Most noticeable during the office scene that introduces Wincott and Brenner, a Windows 10 desktop PC and five Surface Pro 3 tablets are used to display security footage. Once again, Wincott also answers a call using a Lumia 830.

The Lumia 830 is also showcased in-game, during Quantum Break's first act. Unlike the device used in the live-action show, the in-game model retains Nokia branding. Strangely, the Nokia logo is located above the speaker, instead of being off centered like its real-world counterpart.

For those wanting to spruce up their Windows devices with the wallpaper used by the Quantum Break's cast, a collection of wallpapers is now available on the official Xbox site.

With Microsoft Studios publishing Quantum Break, it's far from a surprise that these devices are used. It will be interesting to see how frequently Microsoft's products are showcased, as the story progresses.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.