Xbox Live mobile gaming: coming to Android and iOS soon?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted January 5, 2012 29 comments

android-xboxIn early December, Microsoft released an Xbox Live app for iOS, along with an Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone, and now, according to a recent job posting on Microsoft Careers, they’re planning on bringing more Xbox Live experiences to other platforms, including “location based gaming,  social networking, and avatar with presence”.

The Xbox Live Mobile team within IEB is looking for developers (“Experience of Windows Phone, iOS, or Android development is a big plus”) “to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms”:

As a software development engineer on the team, you will have the opportunity to help define and design the experiences for the project, you will get to work with a team of energetic and talented developers, and you will have the luxury to work with all sorts of mobile devices to create the official Xbox LIVE mobile experiences.

Clearly, although there is some sentiment for Microsoft to keep Xbox Live on Windows Phone only to differentiate it from iOS or Android, Xbox Live is planning to expand further into a number of mobile platforms, even as they compete directly with Windows Phone.  Getting Xbox Live into as many hands and as many different experiences as possible trumps pushing Windows Phone and its miniscule market share, and we think this is the right approach.  What do you think, are you looking forward to playing Xbox Live games on your iPhone or Android device?

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 11:21 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Android, Mobile, Xbox
  • http://beingmanan.com/ Manan

    Had seen the job opp. Pretty sure it’s just for the iOS app they released and maybe a similar app for Android. But I doubt they’d do something for Android. It’s far too ugly.

    • http://twitter.com/fanSte1986 fanSte

      F*ck off Applefanboy, Android is not ugly, your reply is ugly.

      • Anonymous

        no he’s right, android is ugly ;)

        • http://www.appsplit.com/ Dilawer

          no fanste is right, F*ck off Apple Fanboy!

  • http://beingmanan.com/ Manan

    Had seen the job opp. Pretty sure it’s just for the iOS app they released and maybe a similar app for Android. But I doubt they’d do something for Android. It’s far too ugly.

    • fanSte

      F*ck off Applefanboy, Android is not ugly, your reply is ugly.

      • kid_jenius

        no he’s right, android is ugly ;)

        • http://www.appsplit.com/ Dilawer

          no fanste is right, F*ck off Apple Fanboy!

  • Anonymous

    Good for them… this could be a big boost to the MS brands and could help Windows Phone as people start to use more MS apps everywhere. They should get Zune on iOS and Android too!

    • Anonymous

      Playing Xbox Live games on iOS will not cause anyone to move over to Windows Phone, it anything it solidifies the idea that you can have your cake and eat it too!

      • Anonymous

        I think MS are thinking a lot bigger than that. It’s all about the Ecosystem.

        WP will do fine now that they have Nokia pushing things for them on that front.

         Xbox, Skydrive, Photosynth, Skype require a Windows Live ID. By the end of this year, all new PCs will have Windows 8 pre-loaded, and again, will require the user to have a Windows Live ID.

        All these products were once separate entities, now, it’s obvious that they will all be tightly integrated – you can already see Xbox Live blurring into messenger, Skype, Marketplace/Windows app store etc.

        Is there a possibility of living within a MS ecosystem within iOS – where Xbox Live is Media player is Skype is Messenger etc?

  • uberlaff

    Good for them… this could be a big boost to the MS brands and could help Windows Phone as people start to use more MS apps everywhere. They should get Zune on iOS and Android too!

    • Super2online

      Playing Xbox Live games on iOS will not cause anyone to move over to Windows Phone, it anything it solidifies the idea that you can have your cake and eat it too!

      • Paloma_Pastiche

        I think MS are thinking a lot bigger than that. It’s all about the Ecosystem.

        WP will do fine now that they have Nokia pushing things for them on that front.

         Xbox, Skydrive, Photosynth, Skype require a Windows Live ID. By the end of this year, all new PCs will have Windows 8 pre-loaded, and again, will require the user to have a Windows Live ID.

        All these products were once separate entities, now, it’s obvious that they will all be tightly integrated – you can already see Xbox Live blurring into messenger, Skype, Marketplace/Windows app store etc.

        Is there a possibility of living within a MS ecosystem within iOS – where Xbox Live is Media player is Skype is Messenger etc?

  • Aa

    Aside from an app to see your 3D avatar and text your XBL friends, maybe some kind of HTML5 games (at most)? Because I don’t think XNA/SL would work on iOS/Android, that would be architecture team instead of an XBL experience based team.

  • Aa

    Aside from an app to see your 3D avatar and text your XBL friends, maybe some kind of HTML5 games (at most)? Because I don’t think XNA/SL would work on iOS/Android, that would be architecture team instead of an XBL experience based team.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, while I understand the financial argument in favor of this, it really surprises me. Worse yet, it sends a very powerful signal to all competitors that they have won the battle and we are ready to wave the white flag. Finally, it says to the world that we will only differentiate on OS design, nothing else!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      This is exactly what this says.  If this keeps happening with more MS products, the only reason to get WP or Win8 will be the innovative Metro UI.

  • Super2online

    Wow, while I understand the financial argument in favor of this, it really surprises me. Worse yet, it sends a very powerful signal to all competitors that they have won the battle and we are ready to wave the white flag. Finally, it says to the world that we will only differentiate on OS design, nothing else!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameer-Mulji/1685212657 Shameer Mulji

      This is exactly what this says.  If this keeps happening with more MS products, the only reason to get WP or Win8 will be the innovative Metro UI.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Not the way you are thinking. It is for porting the Companion App features to iOS and porting the My Xbox Live app to Android for later this year.  Windows Phone will gain other exclusive features this year.

    • FM94

      Do you know what kind of exclusive features?

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Not the way you are thinking. It is for porting the Companion App features to iOS and porting the My Xbox Live app to Android for later this year.  Windows Phone will gain other exclusive features this year.

    • FM94

      Do you know what kind of exclusive features?

  • David Ebl

    I think this would be awesome!! If Microsoft put out some ports of old PC games that were awesome I would spend so much money on them. I got an android phone a few days ago and have been enjoying it immensely!@iMav:disqus  I have no idea why you’re saying the Android OS is ugly. It doesn’t look EXACTLY like everyone else’s phone. I think that fact sort of makes it a bit better looking. 

  • David Ebl

    I think this would be awesome!! If Microsoft put out some ports of old PC games that were awesome I would spend so much money on them. I got an android phone a few days ago and have been enjoying it immensely!@iMav:disqus  I have no idea why you’re saying the Android OS is ugly. It doesn’t look EXACTLY like everyone else’s phone. I think that fact sort of makes it a bit better looking. 

  • Sinister1

    Before they start making software for other platforms they need to address the ones on WP it’s self. I am a WP user and I do not now body else that has a WP, everybody either has an Android  and the rest have an iPhone. MS F@#$d up when they took WM away and gave us this stripped down, limited function, iPhone wanna be phone, seriously we can’t even ad a wallpaper to the start screen.

  • Sinister1

    Before they start making software for other platforms they need to address the ones on WP it’s self. I am a WP user and I do not now body else that has a WP, everybody either has an Android  and the rest have an iPhone. MS F@#$d up when they took WM away and gave us this stripped down, limited function, iPhone wanna be phone, seriously we can’t even ad a wallpaper to the start screen.

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