Slide reveals Words with Friends coming to Xbox One

Monday, 27th May 2013 19:08 GMT By Debabrata Nath

A slide on the Xbox 360 dashboard seems to have revealed that Zynga’s tile-based word game, Words with Friends, is going to release on Microsoft’ next-gen console: Xbox One.

The Xbox 360 home screen has an Xbox One tile; opening it takes you to an app which has all kinds of information about Microsoft’s new console. There’s a “What it does” tab in there which loads a bunch of slides highlighting the console’s features like TV viewing, mutitasking and Skype. Words with Friends can be seen as part of the “Multitasking is a Snap” slide which shows a series of apps pinned to the console’s user interface.

Words with Friends is a word game developed by Zynga with Friends for Android, iOS and Facebook. Players can build words crossword-puzzle style with an opponent in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble.

We’ll let you know if either Microsoft or Zynga provides us with an confirmation that it’s indeed in development for Xbox One.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. melonbuster1

    Wow a indie game..

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight


    Uh no its not an indie game. Its published by Zynga.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    I don’t know whether to feel sad or laugh out of pity.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. deathm00n

    Ok, now there’s 14 games left to surprise us at E3. Let’s hope one of them is Candy Crush Saga! Maybe Cut the Rope too?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Pytox

    what a hardcore title that is

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Yeah, because the mega Browser publisher and owner of FarmVille and other 100 million dollar franchises is the definition of indie. This “indie” publisher was once worth more than whole of EA in terms of stocks.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Star


    a word game.

    at least it’s a game. :P

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    WOW!, i’m nearly speechless… for a second there i thought they have turned around and was going to focus on gamers again. HAHAHA!… NOT.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    Oh boy, a game everyone is playing on Facebook and mobile phones, now on a device they’ll never use the game for because they’re not already on the device for other reasons before going to access it! Genius!

    Dear god, Microsoft isn’t even thinking anymore. They’re just seeing whatever appears to be most popular and throwing it up on there hoping that they can magically take the lead this way. They just don’t get that games like Words With Friends succeeded because people already had the devices to play it, and hardly anyone looked at Words With Friends first and said “Man that game looks awesome, I better buy a $100-200 phone to play it.”

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Star

    if they were smart they would buy oculus rift rights and publish them exclusively to xbox one instead this kinect crap.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. aprotosis

    The article got a detail wrong that probably leads to the juicy bit of the story. Words With Friends is also available on Windows Phone 8. Does this mean the Xbox One will allow people to play Wp8 or Surface games? Is it limited to games or can you use other phone/tablet apps as well? If they are even thinking in the direction of mobile apps on XBOne, does that also mean they may try to partner with either Apple or Android and get access to their apps too? It has been rumored that Apple and Google want to do consoles as well, but they have yet to manifest or get any serious play from the company. Could servicing MS and Sony devices be the direction they want to go in?

    Now on a pure technical level this would seem unlikely unless they build an emulator, but since MS has already said that they are sitting on top of the Wp8 OS kernel as on of their 3 OSs, this already makes them compatible with Wp8 and Surface.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. aprotosis

    @9 Actually, I would consider this heavy thinking. Stop being so limited in vision. Games like Zynga, and Kixeye games are popular because they are easy to pick up,get into and put down. Whatever device you are playing on, it can just simply be a distraction from whatever you are really doing. Using your iPad for anything and suddenly you get a notice that it is your turn on Words with friends you can quickly access it, take your turn and then go back to what you were doing. The XBone, with it’s multitasking also allows for this behavior. It was even spotted under the snap section.

    At least try to think of the other possibilities and what this means for potential indie games first. What kind of game would you design knowing you have this kind of capability? Asynchronous games might end up being huge on Xbone

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    @12: There’s quite a world of difference between “indie games” and the casual fluff that companies like Zynga put out. And I have thought of how such games work. They don’t work with this scheme. The purpose of the XBox One is to dominate the living room, an obsession they’ve had for a long time; I distinctly remember a report I read back in 2006 speaking of this being their ultimate goal.

    Playing games like Words With Friends work well when you have a screen right in front of you, as in a PC screen or a mobile screen. They do not work when you have to sit or lay back as far as a normal person does when it comes to their TV. The point of mentioning that Words With Friends is something you only get into through the PCs and mobile phones you already have is that you’re not going to get an XBox One to play such games, but also that you are very, very unlikely to use the XBox One to play such things because you already have either a PC or a mobile phone (usually mobile phone) for that function. It would be more comfortable to play a game like Words With Friends on your mobile phone while watching TV like people already do than to have it taking up valuable screen space on your TV or else having to keep switching back and forth. You don’t have to stop what you’re watching to play it, nor do you have to lose valuable screen space to take care of the game.

    I expect anyone that actually does buy an XBox One and tries to use it for these functions will quickly become annoyed by the function and shut it off if possible. The XBox One’s format probably would have worked well for a PC, but not for a console environment.

    #13 2 years ago

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