In-app purchasing coming to Windows Phone 7
Microsoft Gamefest, held in London, Seattle, and Tokyo, focuses exclusively on game development for PC, Xbox, and Windows Phone. And the part we're interested in is the seminar titled 'Keep Them Coming Back: Downloadable Content on Windows Phone'.
That seminar will focus on "adding downloadable content and microtransactions to your Windows Phone games". So we can be fairly confident, given the source, that official in-app purchases will be along shortly.
Our main concern is that this official in-app solution might be limited to Xbox LIVE software. And that would be a real loss for the WP7 development community as a whole.
source: WPCentral via WMPoweruser
1. clevername (Posts: 1400; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Boo. Everyone gets excited about in app purchases. The only ones that should are devs as a consumer I have always frowned on microtransactions and dlc. Sure sometimes you get an expansion that serves better as dlc than a full sequel but many times you get games rushed out early because levels can be added later for more Money.
That said...i hope in app purchasing for games lives up to the standard that Xbox live on consoles has set. Don't nickel and dime me for outfits. Don't give me unlockable levels that should be in the game already like "free" IOS titles. Start to give me real games like nova and release map packs for them. Extra characters, new levels(on top of full fledged levels in full fledged games).
Yeah I know I said im philosophically against these things, but they're inevitable. So of they're gonna happen then do them right. And live up to the standards the have been set by Xbox live on home consoles. Don't treat the mobile games less than just because they're mobile.
3. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
You my good sir, couldn't have said it more perfectly.