Xbox LIVE games get priority over non-LIVE games

On Windows Phone 7 there are two types of games: Xbox LIVE supported and non-LIVE supported. The former requires more time, money and skills for getting approval and is typical reserved for the "bigger" game studios who can get access to Microsoft's LIVE network (higher standard); the latter anyone can write games for and sell/distribute through the Marketplace.

Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Xbox LIVE games, the ones that will be of high quality and leverage the full feature-set of WP7, will get listing priority on your device. 

This is according Michel Klucher (Lead Program Manger XNA Development Platform at Microsoft), who on his blog gave some details on this issue noting:

Games that do not use Xbox LIVE will be listed right below the Xbox LIVE enabled titles in your collection. All games can be pinned to the start menu just like any other content in Windows Phone 7.

While not a big deal, it seems this would push developers to go for the LIVE option if possible though it may make a few developers feel a little lower on the totem poll if they don't have the deep pockets, like the studios.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Does the position on a list really matter? These will be games you've already purchased and are in your collection so a dev is not really losing anything by being listed below Xbox Live games. If this was applied to the marketplace it might be an issue but here I dont think so.
  • Yeah, I really wouldn't call this priority. It is just a grouping in a list and it makes sense. I might rather see them alphabetical, but this way I know which ones give me gamer score and which ones don't.
  • Um...this is the order for games you've already downloaded/bought. It makes no difference.
  • ...Which is probably why I wrote *"Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that..." To summarize for those who are having difficulty: it's interesting enough for Kulcher to have blogged about it, but not that surprising.
  • tsk tsk tsk. *"Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that..."
    May explain the content of your article but the title is something that Mary J Foley would use.