Microsoft is planning to build on the success of its Xbox 360 console by launching its popular Xbox Live gaming platform to iOS and Android devices.
Selling more than 66 million units of Xbox 360 consoles and around 18 million units of its Kinect peripheral since its launch, Microsoft is looking to generate more revenue when it releases Xbox Live to other platforms. Xbox Live are only available to Windows Phone at this time.
“While the Xbox Live experiences and games always work best on the Windows platform, we understand that some Xbox fans may be using other types of devices,” a spokesman from Microsoft said. “To satisfy that need, we are working to extend a few of our Xbox experiences and titles to other platforms.”
This is exciting news for those who want to use the service but opt to use Android and iOS platforms, which are the two leading mobile operating systems in the world. Microsoft has launched Xbox Live and Kinectimals on the iOS platform just recently.
Rumors began earlier this month when Microsoft posted a job listing for a Software Development Engineer, who will be working with the Xbox Live team “to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and other mobile platforms.”
This would mean that Microsoft is willing to sacrifice its own mobile OS to get a greater share in the mobile gaming market.
Is this a right move for Microsoft?