Xbox Live Games Coming to iOS and Android Soon

Microsoft has an ever growing presence on Apple’s mobile iOS platform, having released SkyDrive for iPhone, OneNote for iPad, and other apps in recent weeks. That’s a trend that is set to continue.

According to Business Insider, Microsoft will begin building applications that allow for its Xbox Live games to be played on both iOS and Android. Yesterday, a developer familiar with these matters shed some light on the situation…

“Xbox is a client of ours. There’s no way they’ll be ignoring those other mobile platforms,” the developer told Business Insider.

Earlier this month, Microsoft released My Xbox Live for iOS, but the app does not include the ability to play live games on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; it does, however, let you send messages to Xbox Live friends, change your avatar, and track your achievements.

A new job posting by Microsoft, however, suggests that playing live Xbox games on your mobile device is inching closer to reality. Microsoft’s offering calls for experienced iOS and Android developers and is described as follows:

“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.”

Microsoft could have decided to keep Xbox Live an exclusive feature for its Windows Phone handset, but it doesn’t want its rival businesses such as Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) to gain a live gaming monopoly on iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms.

[Business Insider]

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