If you are one of the Xbox toting folk who wanted to have the ability to play Xbox Live on your smart phone you were very much limited to having a phone with Windows Phone 7 on it. I say were because yesterday Microsoft announced that it’s gaming app will be coming to both Android and iOS devices. While it has been available for iOS, users are only able to chat with friends, update their avatars or manage their achievements. They had mentioned this move before but Business Insider received conformation yesterday. a developer told them:
“Xbox is a client of ours. There’s no way they’ll be ignoring those other mobile platforms.”
These plans were first reported by LiveSide who happened to find a job posting for both iOS and Android developers on their career opportunities web site. The posting indicates Microsoft’s plans to bring Live games to both platforms and it says:
“As the team inside IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business) dedicated to mobile experiences, we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms.”
Right now Windows Phone 7 has an edge as its the only platform to be able to advertise that it’s “the only phone with Xbox Live built in.” Although, this move to other platforms may hurt sales of WP7. However, if they don’t make a move like this they potentially will be handing the live gaming market 0n Android and iOS to their rivals like Sony Playstation’s PSN. According to the developer, Microsoft isn’t going to let that happen. I don’t know about you guys, but I like the idea of being able to play Xbox Live games on my Android device. What about you?
[via Business Insider]