Following in the footsteps of my previous post about the Mango Music + Videos hub changes, and the previous post about new Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone, Microsoft has posted some high resolution images of the Games hub as well. (I don’t believe there’s any new info here per se, but this is the best look we’ve gotten so far at the improved Games hub.)
Long story short, the Games hub is being cleaned up and will feature more native capabilities in Mango, and thus less of a reliance on the HTML-based Xbox LIVE Extras app. These new capabilities include:
- See your played games and unlocked/locked Achievements
- Compare Achievements with other Xbox LIVE members
- Search your list of friends to see who is online and what they are doing
- See your Xbox LIVE messages and Send/Accept/Reject friend requests
Here’s a shot:
Unfortunately, Xbox LIVE Extras will still be required in Mango. In fact, it’s getting some additional functionality of its own: the new Avatar Marketplace. Here you customize your Xbox LIVE avatar with “a wide range of props and clothing right on your phone.” Ugh.