Electronic Arts is setting its sights on the mobile gaming capabilities of Windows 8, slated for release in two short months on October 26. The company’s COO Peter Moore expressed interest in working with Microsoft on gaming possibilities.
“We’re working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are. Anything that allows more platforms to be adopted quickly that have a gaming element is good for Electronic Arts.”
Forbes writes of Windows 8’s DirectX capability and multi-platform functionality:
“DirectX is a key building block for game development, and all platforms will share the same Windows core. This allows developers to streamline their work across multiple platforms (key to success in the next generation of gaming), and allows Microsoft more synergy between its PC, Windows Phone, and Xbox divisions. Less labor, less coding, more exposure.”
Let’s also not forget about Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet. The new tablet is slated to take on iPad’s ease-of-use by providing a keyboard and built-in kickstand. The Core -i5-powered tablet will likely provide an option for many mobile gamers, provided developers hop on board the platform. Developers should also keep in mind that while the device may be a good option for touchpad gaming, the Surface also features a USB port into which one might plug an Xbox 360 controller for button-demanding games.
You may have heard recently Valve CEO Gabe Newell’s unflattering remarks about Windows 8, Or perhaps you heard Steam’s announcement that it will offer creativity and productivity apps into their platform, which seems like a move to compete with the Windows 8 Store. There could be an interesting boxing match coming up between Valve and Microsoft, two companies you’d certainly expect to get along famously.
Electronic Arts seems to hold Windows 8 in higher regard. So while Valve and Microsoft may end up trading blows, Electronic Arts will perhaps enjoy a productive partnership, bringing interesting new games to a new mobile platform.