Multiplayer gaming with Photon Cloud Network Engine for Windows Phone

Yet another step in the right direction has been carried out for multiplayer gaming on Windows Phone. Already available on other platforms, Exit Games have released a free Windows Phone SDK that will use their socket-based network engine. While Microsoft was working on "Switchboard", a solution to mobile real-time multiplayer gaming, this solution will be welcomed by developers who wish to implement such functionality into their titles.

Some quick-glance features:

  • Develop in C# .NET 4.0
  • Easy UI creation and view-management via Silverlight/XAML
  • On device debugging
  • Demo containing sample code for easy integration in your Windows Phone Apps 

What's more is that this technology supports cross-platform connectivity. You can head over to the Exit Games website and check out the free SDK for yourself. For consumers, this could mean an MMO (or online FPS) title could be around the corner.

Source: Exit Games

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • While Microsoft "is" working on.
  • About time!
  • Pardon my ignorance. What phones are those pictured above? Doesn't look like lumina 710 or the 800 ...
  • Those are some renders that were floating about before Nokia officially announced any hardware. Been seeing (drooling over) those for months.
  • they are the official concept renders shown at the mwc 2011 when they announced the partnership, i believe
    very sexy as well :p
  • Is that a new Windows Phone device in the picture? It looks like Nokia design, or is it just me? MWC 2012 anyone?
  • I remember!! Those were mockups from some time ago. Maybe they were TRUE after all....We'll have to wait till MWC....:(
  • Doubtful. Those were the second of 2 mockups that Nokia circulated right after they and MS first announced their partnership.
  • That is odd to see those pop-up again. I wonder why they didn't use the 800 or 710, unless we will see this announced soon. Definitely not the 800 (bottom of phone isn't flat) but the curved edges and apparent polycarbonate housing sure makes it appear close.
  • Dam I remember reading something about that switchboard gaming early last year and haven't herd anything since so I think we are probably still a while away from that lol but on the bright side this SDK is a must for now and I hope to be reaping the benefits soon :D
  • Cool beans
  • Omg!!! Finally! JESUS Christ! ^_^
  • Really, where?! Is it the Rapture?? :O
  • I think I'll stick to playing online games on my gaming PC.
  • Lol and ill stick to Xbox live
  • Lol well im guessing some of the Xbox live games will use this so you still play lol
  • Is this like word with friends??
  • No, this would be more like what World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, with more than two players, and concurrent actions (not turn-based). Think of playing Need for Speed with other actual players racing against each other.
  • Its about time, I've been waiting for this for a long time. I was starting to think it wasn't going to happen.
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  • The site says free trial, not free SDK. Big difference.
  • Awesome:D