Microsoft reveals Gamefest programme

Microsoft reveals Gamefest programme

Microsoft has announced the final schedule for its Gamefest development conference, which takes place in London next month.

Gamefest – which is open to developers and publishers working on, or interesting in working on, Microsoft platforms – is divided into seven tracks, with sessions covering Xbox 360, Games For Windows Live, and Windows Phone 7.

The audio track includes a session on Kinect speech recognition, a feature on which Microsoft put significant emphasis in its E3 press conference last week. The speaker, Jason Hewitt of Microsoft's Advanched Technology group, will discuss the technical aspects of, as well as best practice for, using voice recognition in different languages and territories.

Sessions in the graphics track include Crytek's Tiago Sousa on rendering in CryEngine 3, Alexis Arragon of Darkworks and Microsoft's Matt Lee each giving a talk on 3D, and David Cook on framerates.

A dedicated Kinect track features talks on animation, navigation, certification and gesture controls. Microsoft's Zsolt Mathe's talk, The Magic Behind Kinect, looks at the technology underpinning the motion sensor, and Jason Hewitt will look at existing Kinect titles during his session, Making A Five Star Kinect Game.

In the Xbox Live track, topics to be covered include asynchronous gaming, matchmaking, cheating and piracy, cloud storage and connecting and publishing to Facebook. The producer and business development track will look at the digital manuals that are increasingly replacing their paper-based equivalents, user-generated content, and maximising digital revenue on Live Arcade and at retail.

The QA and certification track includes talks on how to ensure compliance with certification policies covering Xbox 360 and Kinect, functional testing, and a look at how Games For Windows Live simplifies porting from Xbox 360 to PC. The system, CPU and development tools track, meanwhile, features sessions on C++, programming and compiling with Visual Studio, and security.

Attendees of sessions in the Windows Phone track will hear talks on Avatars, QA, CPU performance, development best practice and DLC.

Gamefest 2011 – which should not be confused with the consumer show being run by UK retailer Game this September – takes place at Chelsea Football Club on July 14 and 15. Early bird tickets are available until June 24 for £250; standard registration will be available until July 11 for £300; and onsite registration will cost £400.

Similar events are scheduled in Tokyo on July 29, and Seattle on August 22 and 23. For more, click here.