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Microsoft Looks to Build New Platform to Bring Xbox Live to Android

According to a recent job listing by Microsoft, and sources close to the project, the company hopes to release an Xbox Live-like gaming platform for Android and iOS. As of right now, Xbox Live handles in-game achievements, finding friends who game, matchmaking, and so much more on Xbox consoles and Windows Phone devices. 

The job listing is somewhat vague, but does mention a “modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.”

Google has Google Play Services for game achievements and cloud saves, and Apple has Game Center, but for anyone runs an Xbox and wants all of their game info on a single server, then this would be a viable 3rd party option.

Since it appears they are still looking for a team to build this platform, it may be quite some time before we see it hitting Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

If and when it launches, would you use it?

Via: The Verge | Microsoft Careers
  • Rob

    Would love this to happen. I would really like to try out the Icon on Verizon but I just can’t give up an Android device. Plus I have no idea what the Windows Phone appstore is like, if it is anything like that appstore for Windows 8/8.1, no way I’d want to switch.

  • Microsoftjunkie

    This is speaking much larger than just mobile type gaming. MS is talking xbox 1 games on mobile. They already demoed one aspect on a nl520. Can’t wait till it comes out.

  • proparham

    xbox live is already dying on windows phone.

    • WickedToby741

      The reason Xbox Live hasn’t been successful on WP is because of WP. Xbox is a fairly successful brand. Opening it up to iOS and Android makes sense because then it actually has a chance at being successful.

      • proparham

        no the main problem is its (apparently) hard to deploy for devs. and its hard to update them because ms should first look in to them and certify them again

  • calculatorwatch

    “modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms”

    Sounds like an Apple patent if it weren’t for the “open-source” part.

  • chris_johns

    love me some xbox

    • El_Big_CHRIS


    • The Narrator

      Love ya some paywalls, too?

  • BK

    Although this won’t affect me directly, I’m all for cross-platform efforts. Let’s share the love!

    • T4rd

      Indeed. The sooner OEMs get that exclusive platform features aren’t going to draw us to their mobile OS (or whatever other in-house platform), the better. I love Windows and XBL, but not nearly enough for me to get a WP device, lol.

  • CodeToJoy

    Would totally use it. Already have my friends and profile there, just seems natural to have it carry over. Can see it working even now – the game Wordament was released on Android, links into your Xbox Live account for friends/achievements.

    • PoisonApple31

      Wordament is amazing. Especially with my S-Pen!