Could Xbox Live come to Mac, iOS and Android?

Microsoft has already announced that its Xbox Live online gaming service will be a part of Windows 8 when it ships later in 2012, but is the company also thinking about bringing the service over to non-Microsoft platforms? That seems to be what a statement from an unnamed Microsoft spokesperson indicates.

Forbes.com reports that the Microsoft statement says:

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. To satisfy that need, we are working to extend a few of our Xbox experiences and titles to other platforms.

Microsoft has already released at least one Xbox 360 game, Kinectimals, for Apple's iOS devices. However, that release was a stand alone product and did not allow any direct connection to Microsoft's Xbox Live service, other than allowing users who own both the iOS and the Xbox 360 version to unlock five new animals for the Xbox 360 port.

If Microsoft does bring Xbox Live to the iOS, Mac, and Android platforms, it could mean that users will be able do things such as unlock Xbox Live achievements and add them to their Xbox Live Gamertag total, just like they can when they play Xbox 360 and Games for Windows Live titles. They could even possibly chat with Xbox 360 players via their iOS or Android smartphone.

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They will most likely produce games that interact with xbox live for achievements and provide an API for developers. I would definitely add it to my apps if I had the chance.

Only problem there is that they couldn't allow every app to have it included so they would most likely have to select the apps they think deserve the integration!

Microsoft have a track record of embracing indie developers and what better market is there than the mobile one these days?

It makes perfect sense they get great PR and while people are still on contract with iOS & Android phones when their contract is up any Xbox game you bought follows with you to your new Windows Phone.

I could see them doing this in a very limited way, but I'm sure all of the major features will be MS platform only. It would just make the most sense...

kavazovangel said,
I honestly don't care about anything gaming related coming from Microsoft.

Who would you rather it come from? Ubisoft? EA? Activision? xD

funkydude said,

Who would you rather it come from? Ubisoft? EA? Activision? xD

No, i think he would rather have a PSN account that gets shut down for months over months...
No maybe he means he wants a Wii (is there even "wii online") for playing tenis because he cannot go outside.
Well, actually... maybe he wants to just play on a pc (windows most likely) - but wait isnt that microsoft related?

Man im lost to where this guy is coming from.

thanks MSFT. keep giving more reasons to not care to buy any of your platforms

you're on your way to becoming the next adobe.

neonspark said,
thanks MSFT. keep giving more reasons to not care to buy any of your platforms

you're on your way to becoming the next adobe.

So what you think you get Xbox Live without paying for it?

As someone pointed out on another Article where I started the comment thread, Microsoft are a software company.

Seeing that they're losing more and more ground to Steam on their own platform, I hope they extend their reach beyond their own kernel.

day2die said,
Stupid idea. These are some of the things that Microsoft should use to promote its own platforms.

Cart before the horse. This is how you build the brand back up and get people to not look down their noses at the MS name. Apple gets tons of free press everytime they turn around for every unfounded rumor that makes it way on the internet. MS' name brand status needs tons of work and XBOX is the only bright spot so the more they spread the love, the more people will be using MS and the more likely they will have a generally positive mindset about MS' products.

day2die said,
Stupid idea. These are some of the things that Microsoft should use to promote its own platforms.

I was thinking just this...

I just read this as them doing what they've already shown - publishing a few of Microsoft studio games on other platforms, and the Xbox Live viewing app they have on the iPhone & possibly porting over Halo Waypoint if they haven't already done so. I don't see them bringing achievements and such over to iOS or Android (would Apple even let them do that?)

[quote=~Johnny said,]I just read this as them doing what they've already shown - publishing a few of Microsoft studio games on other platforms, and the Xbox Live viewing app they have on the iPhone &...quote]

this kind of makes me confused... Why would Microsoft (basically) say "hey! all the features that were exclusive to our platforms are now not exclusive. " It just seems like this is not a good idea in terms of marketing their own things.
Like windows phone... I bought this just so i could have xbox live - oh look iphone and android are getting it? what a wastee.