Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

While Microsoft is interested in bringing Xbox Live integration to PS4 games as well, Sony is not really welcoming of this.

Starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms.

Earlier today, Microsoft announced a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) for game developers to build Xbox Live functionality into their mobile games.

Last month it was suggested that Microsoft was preparing to expand the reach of Xbox Live to include many more platforms, including those of its competitors.

Most of the features tied to an Xbox Live account are also added to a game with SDK, such as achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, and clubs.

Fitting with the company's overall push to make its apps and services work across a variety of platforms, including rival offerings, Microsoft Game Stack will work for developers building games for any type of device, as well as other cloud platforms.

"Historically, our lineup of game developer tools has been varied and lived in pockets all across Microsoft", Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft corporate vice president of gaming cloud said in a briefing ahead of the big Game Developers Conference this week. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

It's a sentiment that seems to be propelling Microsoft forward at breakneck speed. He recently claimed Microsoft wants to bring its Game Pass subscription service - which grants users access to major first-party titles like Halo, Gears of War, and Forza - to "any device that somebody wants to play on".

Forza Horizon 4 running on Android via Project xCloud. The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well.

"If you've watched us for the past few years, we've taken a very inclusive approach".

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