Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Microsoft planning Xbox Live features for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch

Microsoft planning Xbox Live features for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch

Microsoft has telegraphed plans to bring support for its Xbox Live service to non-Xbox devices, including smartphones, tablets, and the Nintendo Switch, as part of an effort to promote cross-platform gaming. It gives devs a first look at the new Xbox Live cross-platform developer kit.

Would you like to see Xbox Live support on other platforms? The talk is intended for developers already building Xbox games and will be hosted by Microsoft's very own Backwards Compatibility team.

Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to nearly every screen.

As reported by Windows Central, Microsoft is said to be planning to unveil this functionality during the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in March. Now, it seems like Microsoft is gearing up to bring Xbox Live features to Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

I suppose it's good to know Microsoft is working towards a better way to connect gamers across the many different platforms they chose to play on, and at the very least it'll be nice to have more options when it comes to the ways we connect with our friends or store our gaming history, though one still has to wonder how well this SDK will catch on in the mobile gaming world. Players could even restart select games on one platform at the point where they left off on another.

A job posting almost four years ago hinted at the possibility of bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games. "Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK".

"Then talk about Microsoft, which is a huge company with huge aspirations and this is a business we are in with great leaders, great teams, great fans".

Sony has started to be more lax with its stance on cross-platform multiplayer, more recently allowing Rocket League to activate the service after an initial rollout with Fortnite.

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