Aimed solely at the US market right now, Microsoft seems to hint at games for its new Zune HD – but will the company’s black hole investment in mobile devices excite enough consumers to make shareholder’s happy?
We do know Apple has sold 20 million iPod touch devices and 30 million iPhones. We also know Microsoft is spending money to attract developers. But has Microsoft lost its Mojo? We think it has.
While the digital music world may be waiting for the introduction of music from The Beatles through legitimate online services, Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band.
The music-based video game will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
Musicians Freezepop found their audience by getting their music into video games such as Rock Band. In this clip they talk about the music and video games industries and how in-game music placement helped them. It’s an interesting insight into how musicians are exploiting the digital wave.
Next year the company will upgrade the free version of its application, Tap Tap Revenge. The new game will offer support for upgrade packs, selling music to gamers from independent and major labels. The company hopes to release a new upgrade pack each month subsequent to the release of version two.
Above is the promo video for new iPhone title, ‘Hero of Sparta’ from developer Gameloft. The depth and quality of what this video indicates can be achieved for mobile gaming once again suggests that developers still have a way to go before they hit the limit of the current technology, let alone the potential for future iterations. (And with a faster processor, you should get even better action from an iPod touch).
Apress has introduced a huge volume which should help you understand how to develop such applications, and explains what the iPhone as a platform can do – and the authors say applications we’ve seen for the device so far are simply ‘scratching the surface’ of what’s possible.