In a recent jobs posting over at Microsoft Careers, there is a listing for a Software Development Engineer for Xbox Live Mobile. What has caught the attention of several is this part of the job description.
"...we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms."
The job description also notes in the qualifications,
"Experience of Windows Phone, iOS or Android development is a big plus."
We can only speculate what's up Microsoft's sleeve as far as the future of Xbox Live mobile games is concerned but the listing does look like expansion is up for consideration.
From a purely business point of view, if Microsoft can tap into the iOS and Android markets it could be a good business decision by increasing their customer base. It not only has the potential of generating more revenue from the games but also attract more customers to the Xbox Live console.
From a Windows Phone perspective, such a move has a little sting to it. While Xbox Live games are not the sole benefit or attraction of a Windows Phone, it is a center piece feature. If expansion is in the works, hopefully Microsoft will keep some Xbox Live titles (or features) exclusive to the Windows Phone. Otherwise they may lose a key marketing point.
So what do our reader's think? Is Xbox Live expansion good or bad for our Windows Phone?
via: LiveSide, Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this.