In-Game Purchases and Fast Async For Xbox Live Games Are Headed to Windows Phone 7

Whether you've been holding out for a Windows Phone, or already own one, Microsoft's Xbox Live announcements from the Gamescom show today should rock your world by approximately 0.0005 of a degree: there are 14 new games on the way!

Unfortunately the new games are probably the high point from a rather lucklustre announcement—the new features include wearable rewards for your avatars; purchasable items in games, beginning with Beards & Beaks; parent controls so you don't end up with one of those Smurfberries-style incidents on your hands, and Fast Async which "improves gameplay for multiplayer, turn-by-turn (or asynchronous Windows Phone games," according to the Windows Team Blog dudes.

That latter feature will add extra power to multiplayer games where you exchange turns (and data) at the same time. The last thing you want is to be waiting on the other player's chess move to be made, when they've actually already made it.

Of those 14 new games, Bug Village sounds like a fun Animal Crossing-style title and Farm Frenzy 2 a FarmVille rip-off; Chickens Can't Fly sounds really addictive, and Kinectimals Mobile is sure to be the must-have download which you will inevitably feel guilty about ignoring a few weeks later, a la Nintendogs. [Windows Team Blog]