A new Reuters report reveals that Microsoft may be interested in bringing Xbox and PC titles to Android and iOS devices by the end of the year, although the article isn’t revealing that many details.
According to Nikkei, Microsoft will partner up with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab to launch Xbox- and Microsoft-based games on Android handsets and the iPhone. Obviously, we would assume that these games will be compatible with tablets as well.
The “old” “Age of the Empires” – actual name of the series is Age of Empires we’ll note – is apparently going to be one of the games that will hit the Play Store and App Store as a free-to-play title by the end of fiscal year 2013. Other titles will follow, but were not named at this time.
Considering that smartphones – and tablets for that matter – are becoming more powerful gaming devices, and considering that Android and iOS are kings of market share and profits, respectively, it would make some sense to see Microsoft bring more app to these platforms.
After all, Microsoft is already making quite a lot of cash from Android OEMs via various licensing deals it has secured. Moreover, the company has various Android and iOS apps in place, and has brought its Office suite – albeit a limited version – to iPhone, with Android also supposed to get it in the future.
Moreover, the company has Xbox-related apps in the two app stores, including the Xbox SmartGlass app. The company has recently announced a new console, the Xbox One, which will hit stores later this year, and it may be interested in connecting more smart devices to its Xbox environment in the months and years to come.
Since Microsoft is yet to make any Android and iOS gaming-related plans official, we can only speculate on why the company’s future moves – Reuters’ report isn’t that revealing either – so make sure you take everything with a grain of salt.
What Xbox and/or PC titles would you like to play on your smartphone?