Microsoft Surface Tablet

As a gaming platform, the Windows Phone 7 never attracted that much attention, but the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablets have already caught the attention of Unity support. David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies has announced that Unity’s game creation tool will run on both the Microsoft Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8. Due to it’s “relatively closed” nature, according to Mr. Helgason, the Windows Phone 7 never gained the support of Unity Technologies. However, the CEO remains hopeful the Windows 8 platform will be easier to work with.

The Unity game engine and licenses have historically been available to most of the popular operating systems including Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Wii, iOS, Android, and PlayStation 3. Unity’s game creation tool has proven to be invaluable to developers creating popular (mobile) games on these various platforms. According to Helgason, over 53 percent of today’s mobile developers have made Unity Technologies titles. In the past Microsoft’s XNA and Silverlight platforms have been the only venues for developers to produce their products for Windows and this has stifled overall production. With the anticipated popularity of the Microsoft Surface tablet and its (mobile) capabilities, mobile developers may find the Windows 8 operating system and Unity game creation tools reasonably functional and quite profitable. Mobile developers may or may not bring their games to the new versions of Windows but at least they will have that option and the benefits might prove to be irresistible. Windows 8 Tablets go on sale in October.