Microsoft is planning to bring its Xbox LIVE service to iOS and potentially Android, according to a new job listing at the company. The post for a software development engineer aims to ”define, design and implement Xbox LIVE mobile experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and other platforms” with location-based gaming and social networking-enabled titles a clear priority.
Until recently, Microsoft had used cross-platform integration as one of the key selling points of its Windows Phone OS but that stance has been weakened in recent weeks with the launch of the My Xbox LIVE and Kinectimals apps for iPhone and iPad. Despite the significance of the My Xbox LIVE app for iOS, only customisation and achievement lists were supported instead of fully fledged gameplay.
As for Android, the only gaming-related title Microsoft has released on Google’s smartphone OS is Halo Waypoint, an accompaniment to the popular space-themed shooter Halo: Reach.
While it’s still uncertain whether Xbox Live gaming will find its way onto Android and iOS, Microsoft is clearly attempting to broadening its approach to mobile gaming away from a strict reliance the Windows Phone platform.
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