Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

15 March, 2019, 05:23 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

During the presentation, Microsoft touted its growing cloud platform, which is now twice as large as its closest competitor (namely Amazon Web Services) and will continue to expand even further. It's worth noting that Xbox Live support does already exist for Android and iOS titles, but it's been limited to Microsoft Studios games.

With the launch of a new cross-platform SDK, Microsoft is allowing developers to integrate Xbox Live functionality in their games. The session described a new SDK allowing game developers to connect players between Xbox, Windows 10, iOS Android, and Nintendo Switch, as well as an expansion from "400M gaming devices" to "over 2B devices".

By opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, Microsoft is accelerating the slow pivot from the online service being tied explicitly to a console and instead positioning it as a fabric for online gaming.

A couple of weeks ago, we learned from an upcoming Microsoft session at the Game Developers Conference that Microsoft was planning a major expansion of its Xbox Live gaming network. Microsoft wants to use its Azure services such as PlayFab, Xbox Live, and soon, Project xCloud, to help developers reach gamers wherever they are, on whatever device they want to use.

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Microsoft is making this move as a part of its overall Game Stack initiative with which it is bringing all its various game development tools into a single platform.

Xbox Live is heading to mobile.

As reported by The Verge, that means mobile devs will be able to imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings.

"Our goal is to really unite the 2 billion gamers of the world and we're big fans of our Xbox Live community, but we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today", he added.

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