Microsoft has already dabbled around with expanding the Xbox Live experience to mobile devices, but if a recent report from The Verge is to be believed, the company may be about to ramp up its efforts significantly. Our good friend Sources, who is familiar with Microsoft's plans, claims that Microsoft is building a platform that would extend Xbox Live functionality to Android and iOS. Instead of using Google Play Games or Apple's Game Center to track achievements, find other players, and compete with one another, you would be able to use Xbox Live instead.

The news follows a recent rumor-stirring Microsoft job posting, which reads:

Your contribution will have direct impact on how we win back our game developers from our competitors. As a member of the newly formed team, you will have the rare opportunity to influence our planning and design from the beginning. We will create a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

This development would not be out of line with Microsoft's previous efforts. Microsoft's Xbox Live app for Android already lets gamers modify their avatars, track achievements, and connect with friends. The company's SmartGlass app is also offered on the Play Store, along with an Xbox Music app.

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The potential is there, but only time will tell if Microsoft has what it takes to up its game.

Via: The Verge

Bertel King, Jr.
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  • remister

    The Xbox Live App for 360 and X1 could definitely be better, especially the X1 app. I can't wait to see how the update is going to be.

  • Craig M

    Games for Windows Live version 2.0, no fucking thanks Microsoft. Also, your avatars look stupid.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      You just hurt Jouster Jeff's feelings.

    • mustbepbs

      Right? Because they did it so well the first time, I'm definitely going to trust another "GFWL". GTFO, Microsoft.

    • mackenzie wunderlich

      my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle
      Convertible by working parttime off of a home computer... Look At This

  • Mayoo

    I dream of a single centralized system for everything. I will live forever sad.

  • Dalibor Kollár

    Just like SmartGlass app, I guess it will be available "only in supported areas", no matter which console you own. So if you happen to live in unsupported area, forget it.

  • NinoBr0wn

    They need to work on extending those Xbox sales first.

  • cbstryker

    As long as they don't include Mac and Linux in that mix, they'll have some small, but very influential resistance. Valve realized the demand for Linux gaming and stepped up.

  • Wyatt Neal

    This honestly isn't a horribly new idea from them though. Didn't they already do something like this for Halo Waypoint where while you were in game, it was an additional HUD for the overall arena so you could have your tablet out tracking where your friends were on the map so you knew what to go attack?

  • Suhas Vemuri

    No we need wide implementation of Google play games first.. :( So far I saw only one iOS game using it..

  • tehboogieman

    Great idea for XBox users, but it could be a bad idea for Windows Phone. This is just my anecdotal experience, but seems like 100% or the people I know that have actually paid for a Windows phone are XBox bros

  • SYSSMouse

    You forgot Wordament.

  • Krzysztof

    Make Halo and Geometry Wars available to play and I'm in

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    Since I don't have Facebook or an iPhone, I wouldn't be opposed to this since those two seem to be the only other "universal" ways for people to compete with one another. (when I say people I mean my friends)

  • Nixie Knox

    They should be taking the opposite direction. Putting their games on Android. What oops. Isn't a Android and Google wrecking Microsoft, slowly breaking it down until it dies...

  • remister

    They just updated the app, way better Friends navigation now.