Microsoft job posting alludes to cross-platform Xbox Live plans
As far as the sources behind our stories go, it’s really not that often that we learn about anything juicy by way of job listings. After all, these things are usually vetted by a company’s HR department before going up, and we’d assume that there would be safeguards in place to avoid letting any news slip before its official announcement. Nevertheless, these things happen: back in January, we saw that Motorola posting which hinted at a European branch of the Moto Maker, weeks before the company confirmed the news, and early today we looked at what a Daimler posting had to reveal about Android in-car connectivity. Despite all odds, we’ve got another such job listing to check out now, and this one suggests that Microsoft’s got some big cross-platform mobile plans for Xbox Live.
The original job listing has since been taken down, but while it was up it talked about a desire to create an Xbox Live framework that’s “scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.” With its console success, Microsoft is already looking at an Xbox user base where many of these gamers carry Android or iOS smartphones instead of WP8 devices, and being able to tap in to their mobile gaming appetites could be a big win for both the Xbox division as well as Windows Phone itself.
We’re not yet sure what shape this effort might take, but it could be aimed at lowering the bar for XBL access, hoping to get more devs interested, and include features like matchmaking or those perennial XBL achievements that have become so rooted in Xbox Live culture.
Source: The Verge (original MS listing down)