Microsoft may announce Silverlight for Xbox next week

By Tom Warren, on 4th Apr 11 6:50 pm with 16 Comments

Silverlight for Xbox

Microsoft may be preparing to announce plans to introduce Silverlight for the Xbox 360, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant looks set to detail its plans at the MIX11 conference next week in Las Vegas. Persons familiar with the company’s plans say the feature has been in the works for some months. Microsoft previously revealed in November that it was planning to bring Silverlight to the Xbox as part of the next wave. Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s .NET Developer Platform, held a special Silverlight 5 preview day in December but chose to hold back the Xbox details until MIX11.

Guthrie will keynote at next week’s MIX11 conference and is expected to unveil the company’s plans to bring Silverlight 5 support to Xbox. Microsoft is positioning Silverlight as its strong multi-platform base to bridge the gap between mobile, PC and Xbox. Extending Silverlight into the Xbox market will allow Microsoft to create unique opportunities for application developers. One source, who wishes to remain anonymous, hinted that the company may be planning to create its own application Marketplace that would see developers scale their Windows Phone applications over to the big screen Xbox experience.

Microsoft’s Silverlight Xbox play ties in nicely with the company’s plans for Windows 8 too. The software giant is creating an ”immersive” touch experience for Slate and Tablet based devices. The experience will include a Metro based user interface according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans. Microsoft will include a new application model codenamed “Jupiter” that will allow developers to create Silverlight based applications, deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The packages will be part of a new Windows application store, pre-installed with Windows 8.

Silverlight’s new position backs up previous statements by company officials that the company’s strategy had “shifted”. Microsoft’s Bob Muglia previously revealed that Microsoft’s strategy had “shifted” for Silverlight in an interview with Mary Jo Foley at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October last year. Bob Muglia admitted to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley  that “HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything”. Muglia made his comments at a time when the future of Silverlight was uncertain.

After Muglia’s revelations the company went on damage control and even CEO Steve Ballmer issued a statement. “Silverlight provides the richest media streaming capabilities on the web, and we will continue to deliver that on both Windows and Mac,” wrote the Microsoft CEO in a statement released in November. Microsoft has promised “ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX” with Silverlight 5. It’s now time for the company to reveal its real three screens and a cloud.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens and is implemented by holiday 2011, it could be huge for WP7′s marketshare. A big plus of iOS is “Hey look! You can get an app and use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! Awesome!” With Silverlight on Xbox, Microsoft could leverage the same sort of thing at their huge Xbox fanbase.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens and is implemented by holiday 2011, it could be huge for WP7′s marketshare. A big plus of iOS is “Hey look! You can get an app and use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! Awesome!” With Silverlight on Xbox, Microsoft could leverage the same sort of thing at their huge Xbox fanbase.

    • http://twitter.com/bc3tech Brandon

      except w/ iOs you pay for it once, twice, three times. i’d like to see pay once, run on all from MS

    • Anonymous

      I really don’t think we’ll se a joined marketplace for Xbox and WP7. The user interfaces are too different.for that. WP7 is touch, Xbox is “keypad”.

      But I do think we might se these apps as part of the Windows 8 marketplace though.

      Personally I hope that Microsoft will talk to NBA, NFL, MLB etc and get apps for their live streaming services.

      http://randomtechideas.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/why-is-noone-betting-on-online-sport-streaming/

    • Alex

      @zicoz – dont forget the Xbox + Kinect = “touch”…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_STNQKALEFS4JOTD2BWMOZZD77U Kman

      stereo 3D is the next UI framework across all platforms

    • Dougster

      PS3 has NHL and MLB apps..just saying But Yes NBA and NFL would be nice too.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks I didn’t know that. Is it available worldwide or is it a US thing?

  • http://twitter.com/segadc segadc

    This sounds great to me!

  • Meekermoloko

    I hope that we will be able to play games/apps that were bought on WP7 on other devices in the near future. It might justify them charging as much as 3 times the cost of certain popular games when compared to other phone OS versions.

    With Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies coming soon … they are probably going to charge at least $4.99 for them on Xbox Live for WP7. Max and the Magic Marker was $6.99 (now $4.99) for WP7, but iOS version that just came out, it’s only $1.99.

    The iPad version of Max is $4.99 … so this makes me think that games you buy on WP7 will also work on future Windows tablets and possibly now the Xbox without an added charge, but we’ll see. More than likely though, it’s just Microsoft charging more because they want to.

    • http://twitter.com/theubermod TheUbermod

      The games you’re talking about on WP7 are Xbox Live apps, so they go through extra certification, mostly it seems because of the Achievements. It’s not the same just uploading an app and it passing a cursory approval. There’s definitely an Achievement Tax on those games though.

  • GP007

    Finally, SL and XNA are MSs multiplatform push, and if SL5 brings more APIs and supports more things then devs can make some great apps. I hope they hurry up and move the newer SL stuff to WP7 as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Kosmatos Odi Kosmatos

    Bob Muglia said in that famous “strategy has shifted” speech that Silverlight is for LOB.

    • John Mitas

      Yes he did say that BUT in the true three screen scenario for LOB apps, makes sense if you want to deliver part of your LOB experience on the xbox “screen”.

  • bernard

    Yay cloud!

  • http://Pureinfotech.com Pureinfotech

    I think that this sounds great for developers more than for users. Using the same code for Windows and Mac, Windows Phone, and XBOX it is an awesome time saving and also will lead to more revenue!

    Thanks,