Zynga hints at Xbox support

Co-founder of social gaming house says company working on new cloud technology that could bring FarmVille, Words With Friends to Microsoft's console.

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FarmVille and Words With Friends could come to Microsoft's Xbox platform, if comments made by Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus are any indication. The man behind the social gaming powerhouse told GigaOM recently that it is creating a cloud-based technology that would support game saves on a range of platforms, one of which is the Xbox.

FarmVille on an Xbox? It could happen.

"Right now we are building back-end technology so that your game state can be saved and served up in different screens/devices," he said. "The interaction cues will take from the different devices. In other words, you can play a game on a computer and call it up on Xbox and you resume from the point you left off, except the gameplay will now be customized for the Xbox controller."

Zynga has not officially announced any plans to bring its suite of social games to Microsoft's Xbox platform, and as of press time, the publisher had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

San Francisco, California-based Zynga had an up-and-down past year. Its initial public offering had a rocky start in December, with shares tumbling during its first days on the market. The company's shares then surged in February on news that Facebook was planning to go public.

Discussion

47 comments
boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

Sorry i havent responded to this news...im still searching for someone that actually CARES!!

Indyskater
Indyskater

Casual + Kinect + 360 = RIP 360. Looks like PS3 is the place to be, then the Wii U!

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

lol I love how people are already quick to condemn this move just because its appealing to the casual market as well. There is a reason why its the most popular console - it appeals to a wide array of audience's. It does not have to just be for the hardcore gamers only - families and people who dont sit around for hours a day playing there fps's and RTS's (with XXXZZZ Pro, Sniper elite, MLG Pro, ITz in there gamer tags) ect can play on their kinect (even have parties and be social), and not worry about ranting and raving about lack of exclusives (who bloody cares...each console has their own for god sake) which seems to consume alot of peoples souls...they can just chill for abit after work, or a night out and play something that isnt for hardcores/people with alot of time/elitists/fanboys. Just embrace it, or just let it go...either way you will get the games you like as well, and developers will keep making hardcore games for your tastes. I seriously think that all you guys moaning who make this such a big deal will be screwed when your in a relationship or just generally go outside lol. Cheers :)

garrysempire
garrysempire

zynga is like dirt...they're everywhere!

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

maybe it's not as bad as people make it out to be. maybe these games will be available only through the facebook app on the 360.

nate1222
nate1222

@forest4 PC genres have been coming to consoles ever since the 5th generation (original Playstation). FPSes (Doom and Quake), RTSes (Command & Conquer), 3rd person action games (MDK)...were flooding the original Playstation back as far as 1995. It's just that the younger folks (mostly CoD players) are too young to remember -or simply weren't even born yet. So crappy "social network" games coming to consoles ain't a surprise. I ain't gonna buy that crap. But I ain't surprised that it's console bound.

wyan_
wyan_

Another reason why I want a new generation of hardware. Game companies wouldn't even consider this crap for the next gen.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

farmville on the 360? MS have officially gone completely casual

forest4
forest4

Let the consolification of PC gaming continue!

RogueSonic
RogueSonic

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jamyskis
jamyskis

My 360-owning friends - you have my condolences.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I doubt the hardcore xbox gamers would care about this. Zynga should be thinking about Wii U instead.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm surprised that Zynga would target the XBOX...seems like their games would be more well-suited to handhelds like the 3DS and Vita, but I guess there are technical limitations that keep them from going there. I'm also surprised by the amount of vitriol toward these games. It's not like anybody's copy of Halo or Gears won't work. If you don't like Zynga games, don't buy 'em...simple.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

I can think of so many reasons this is very unlikely to occur, not the least of which is that no one is going to want to actually pay just to access something like Farmville. Free to play or nothing. And given Microsoft's attitude in the past to having anything resembling free game content on Live, what do you think the odds of that happening are? Sounds to me like Pincus was using the term 'Xbox' as an example there, nothing more.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

And I thought Nintendo was the Casual game company? Don't compete with that Microsoft, you won't win. Let Nintendo keep hold on that crown, just stay with hardcore for now!

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

This fits perfectly with Microsoft's new strategy of sucking. Hope it has Kinect support.

menphiz23
menphiz23

If this happens my xbox will have a new home!!! THE BIN!!! ffs keep this rubbish away from xbox and if it does then ud better take away the 5.99 a month fee as i wont ever pay microsoft to put c**p on my xbox lol

Rakou
Rakou

@mothboy I would give you 10 thumb-ups, if it was possible.

electroflame
electroflame

Considering that the Xbox can't really access the internet without a special deal from Microsoft, and that a crappy game + gimped version = fail, I can't really see this happening. Plus, it's really irritating the direction that Microsoft has chosen. The 360 has always been more about the hardcore playerbase and less about the casual, and now Microsoft is switching it around. I don't want to talk to my TV, or flail my arms around. I don't want Facebook and Twitter on my gaming console. I just want to put a disc in, and play my game. No frills, no hassles. And Microsoft seems to have forgotten that.

mothboy
mothboy

Please dont, I dont want your crappy browser games on my xbox.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Zynga on Xbox 360? Microsoft cannot be that hard up for games?

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

first kinect now farmville? cant say i approve the direction this is going for 360 gamers. i hope sony doesnt follow down this path, and yes i hate move too.

hella_epic
hella_epic

yes now the 360 will have more exclusives like farmville and mafia wars :p

Scimac
Scimac

Can't really see this working outside of social networking/mobile gaming. As long as it's presence doesn't infect my dashboard I'll be okay. I'm already concerned that Eastenders has appeared on my dash since the launch of the iPlayer app.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

well the xbox is the best platform for these types of games, with the kinect and all... :P:P:P

Rifqi_Hb
Rifqi_Hb

i'm glad it doesn't come to my ps3

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

No, no, no.. please no! Just.... just NOOOO! The fact is, that although i dont like and wont play this milkware, i just dont fancy seeing it plastered all over my Dashboard. So, to cut a long story short.... No!!

Nzilla
Nzilla

Zynga, crack dealers of the video game world.

guildclaws
guildclaws

I am utterly disgusted and disappointed at the same time after reading this news

packtop
packtop

I.... i.... idk what to say about this......

jordangoss123
jordangoss123

i dont really get it at all. but still stop biching lol dont like it dont play it simple as that

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

... and the next day, the failure rate of 360s skyrockets as consoles start committing mass suicide.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Great.. just what we need. The 360 becomes even MORE casual...

Agent-M
Agent-M

Don't waste your time porting these stupid games.

y3ivan
y3ivan

@Rocker6 they are already unhappy when kinect launches

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

microsoft is trageting a wider market now, well as long as they support hardcore gamers I don't mind I will only use the part of the console that I like

moviequest14
moviequest14

I don't even own xbox360 and I am disgusted by this.....

manciuxl
manciuxl

i dont think Microsoft will allow so many free zynga games on xbox live

Rocker6
Rocker6

Yeah,makes sense,would mix well with this new casual direction Xbox is taking with Kinect.Still,I don't think core 360 gamers will be too happy about this...

Haasdude
Haasdude

Sounds like the natural progression for those Zynga games. It's doubtful that I would ever use my xbox for Words With Friends (since my phone is typically nearby), but variety is the spice of life.

Evenios
Evenios

farmville is such a stupid game i got suckered into playing it with two people who are no longer my friends its utterly boring