iOS and Android to Receive Xbox Live Game – Is Microsoft Shooting Itself in the Foot?
iOS and Android to Receive Xbox Live Game – Is Microsoft Shooting Itself in the Foot? Reuters

Xbox Live gaming platform, compatible only with the Windows devices, is expected to be launched on iOS and Android devices soon.

Rumors are rife that Microsoft is all set to break the Windows 7 barrier and reach its huge fan base by branching out to other operating systems.

A spokesperson for Microsoft said, 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 recently released Xbox Live and an app called Kinectimals on iOS, both of which are doing well and have created a fan following. Unfortunately, the present Xbox live app offered by iOS does not include integrated gaming experience that you find on your Windows phone.

Android phone, too, lacks the integrated Xbox gaming feature.

Xbox - Microsoft to lose its Biggest Revenue Earner?

Microsoft's decision of launching Xbox live gaming on iOS and Android phone could prove fatal for the company as Xbox Live gaming feature is the unique selling point for its Windows Phone handsets. Once the gaming console is made available for other operating systems, chances of a drop in the number of sales for Windows Phone is high.

However, a recent report published in Forbes reveals that Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, comprising Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone, has earned maximum revenue during the past quarters. Therefore, even if the company does lose out on its phone sales, it will still retain its revenue by increasing sales of the Xbox Live channel, experts believe.