Cross-Platform Xbox Live Gaming Could Come to Android and iOS

By Gerald Lynch on at

Unless you've got an Xbox 360 or Xbox One under your TV, or a Windows Phone handset sitting in your pocket, Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming platform is pretty much off limits to you. And no, Wordament's achievements don't count. But that may not always be the case, as it looks as though Microsoft's hoping to bring Xbox Live to rival mobile platforms in a comprehensive way.

Sources speaking to The Verge claim that Microsoft is looking to develop tools that would allow iOS and Android developers to easily implement Xbox Live functionality into their games. Everything from friends lists and achievements to full on Xbox console-to-mobile cross-platform play would be possible if Microsoft's plan comes to fruition.

A recent job posting by Microsoft seems to confirm The Verge's report. "We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android," explains the listing for a Software Development Engineer.

Android and iOS gamers can currently make pals and earn achievements through the respective platform's Google Play Games and Game Centre offerings. But neither has a following anywhere near as loyal as the Xbox Live faithful. If approached in the right way, Xbox Live could be a Trojan Horse for Microsoft, allowing it to infiltrate its rival's app stores and steer more users (and cash) its way. [Microsoft via The Verge]