It looks like Microsoft are really serious about extending their Xbox Live platform outside the realms of Microsoft products. You may remember that the company released an Xbox Live app for iOS users allowing for minor messaging functionality for iPhone users, but now we have heard that a full, mobile version of Xbox Live may be on the way for mobile platforms this year, including Android.
If you are not aware of the ‘My Xbox Live’ app that is available for iOS devices right now, it essentially allows users to access all of their Xbox Live contacts from their mobile and gives them the ability to send instant messages and browse through a list of gaming titles that he or she owns on their console. At the moment, there is no actual Xbox Live gaming support for mobile devices outside of Windows Mobile, but recent information has revealed that Microsoft are intending to change this.
A recent job listing by the company has claimed that Microsoft are searching for a new developer which will help to bring Xbox Live to other mobile platforms. Specifically mentioned in the job listing is ‘Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms’, according to an article published by Business Insider.
2012 may see the reality where Xbox 360 users can finally interact with their games on iOS and Android, which could involve things like being able to customize certain aspects of a game on a mobile device ready for play next time on console, or indeed being able to play low-end Xbox Live games outright on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Just how much Xbox Live functionality Microsoft are willing to give other mobile platforms may be seen as a surprise to Windows Phone users though, as a natural assumption would be that such new features would remain exclusive to Windows Phone first. Microsoft’s mobile smartphone OS hasn’t exactly reached its peak yet so it will be interesting to see how this move develops.
Are you desperate for full Xbox Live support on the iPhone and Android? As a Windows Phone user, what do you make of this?