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Opinion: Will Windows Phone 7 fragment the Xbox Live community?

Pocket Gamer:

Ironically though, what could be as significant to Microsoft is how it handles the opposite flow between the platforms. For example, could Windows Phone 7 be as important to the future of Xbox Live as a gaming community, as Xbox 360 Xbox Live users are to Windows Phone 7 handset sales?

The reason is that any Windows Phone 7 user can register an Xbox Live account on-device, creating their own avatar on the phone, and partaking of the services - at least, those made available to mobile players.

This will fragment the Xbox Live community, creating three groups - one very large one consisting of existing hardcore console gamers, one much smaller one consisting of more casual, mobile gamers, and an indeterminate mixture who are signed up via both devices.

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