Microsoft Live is a game in which players must shoot zombies from a distance while the screen slowly fills with virtual bullets, but it’s one that could be built using an iPhone’s camera and other sensors.
The game is an experiment that started as a demo, but its creator said the aim is to make it a viable business.
“If you want to create this kind of game that’s easy to learn, fun to play, has a wide variety of gameplay modes, you have to get the technology out there,” said Mike Ozan, CEO of Microsoft, which develops games for Apple and Google.
“It’s not hard to get a smartphone and do it.”
Microsoft also has plans to develop a virtual-reality headset that would be sold at the same time as the game, called Oculus Rift.
“There are tons of things that we want to do for VR, but there’s also tons of stuff that we can’t do yet,” Ozan said in an interview.
“We want to get into VR for real and be able to show off what we can do.”
The company’s first big bet is to create an app that lets you create a game, but Ozan noted that that is not the primary focus of the new company.
“I don’t want to make a game that just lets you play,” Ozen said.
“What I want to build is a platform where you can create apps and share them with people.
We’re trying to figure out how to get this into the hands of the average consumer.”
He said he is planning to introduce the app in the next few months, but added, “The main thing is the software and the hardware.”
For a more detailed look at what the company is building, check out our story.