Microsoft Job Listing Suggests Xbox LIVE Games Are Coming To iOS



Microsoft has recently shown a surprising willingness to develop all sorts of software for rival mobile operating systems, with a number of popular releases for iOS devices in particular. Many believed, however, Microsoft would make Xbox LIVE games exclusive to its Windows Phone platform in a bid to encourage gamers to adopt Windows Phone devices.

But according to a recent Microsoft job listing, it seems that may not be the case. The software giant is currently looking for an experienced developer who will “bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and other mobile platforms.”

Microsoft has already released an Xbox LIVE app for iOS called My Xbox LIVE, which allows gamers to login to the service and see who’s online, check their messages, compare achievements, and lots more. It seems, however, there’s a lot more to come.

A job listing on Microsoft’s website for a Software Development Engineer suggests Xbox LIVE games are coming to iOS devices:

Xbox LIVE Mobile team is looking for a passionate and experienced developer to join us in bringing Xbox LIVE entertainment experiences to various platforms. As the team inside IEB (Interactive entertainment Business) dedicated to mobile experiences, we work closely with the console software team and Xbox LIVE services to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and other mobile platforms.

This is great news for Xbox gamers who use iOS devices, but what does it say about Microsoft’s mobile operating system? Many of us assumed Xbox LIVE games would always be exclusive to the Windows Phone, in the hope that it would encourage Windows Phone adoption.

Is Microsoft beginning to accept that Windows Phone will never be as big as Android and iOS?

[via iDownloadBlog]

  • imbenking

    A smart business move by MS in my opinion. There is no point letting pride or pig headedness stifle a company’s growth. (Im looking at you Nintendo). 

  • volodoscope

    Hmm I don’t think Apple will allow this. It competes with their own Game Center.

  • markrlangston

    Not sure I really understand this move by Microsoft. In the end gamers are the real winners but following this news there’s very few compelling reasons to get a Windows Phone. It’s a nice OS and gaming seemed like the trojan horse to expand its currently infant-sized footprint in the smartphone market but now, not so much. 

    WP should be Microsoft’s maiden voyage into the portable gaming market — taking on Nintendo, Sony, and Apple — and having exclusives is a key component. And with Microsoft’s extensive experience in securing exclusivity deals it’s almost a no-brainer that they’d extend that dominance into smartphone-gaming. 

    It’s like Microsoft is conceding the entire market to Apple. 

  • venasque

    This is what I believe too.  The only thing Microsoft related that I like, is the Xbox 360 and the XBL experience.  I was surprised when they brought out a XBL app (and a slick one at that) and I hope they continue to release some of their games for the iOS.  I know I’d buy Full House Poker in a heartbeat.