Microsoft last November introduced its free SmartGlass app on the App Store, bringing Xbox One users the ability to connect to their console to browse the web, navigate the dashboard control content and more, all from their iPhone and iPad devices.
According to a new report from The Verge, the giant is aiming to entrench its popular Xbox Live service into both the iOS and Android ecosystems for a few years, allowing developers to integrate the service in iOS and Android games.
“While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently, the company is planning to push Xbox Live cross-platform in a big way soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games.”
The company has been offering tools letting third-party iOS and Android developers integrate Xbox Live functionality into their apps and games.
As reported, the idea is that this expansion would make Xbox Live act as a cross-platform alternative to Apple’s Game Center and similar services, providing users with the ability to earn achievements, manage friends and more through a single service across Xbox and mobile platforms. Both services now allow users to track their achievements in titles and add friends to have a look at what others are playing.
Apple released its Game Center as a social gaming solution for iOS developers in 2010 and made it available for Mac in 2012, making it a true cross-platform service for Apple’s hardware ecosystem.
Perhaps, Microsoft hopes to attract developers who have been previously put off by the company’s strict certification requirements for titles. The company is planning to reduce those restrictions in order to court smaller and independent developers, which have chosen platforms like iOS and Android.