Microsoft to expand Xbox Live cross-platform support on Android, iOS, Switch

04 February, 2019, 23:44 | Author: Patty Hardy
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This will allow developers to incorporate Xbox Live's suite of game achievements, matchmaking, social systems and more in their games and devices. So by opening up Xbox Live across the most popular non-Microsoft gaming devices (smartphones and the Switch), Microsoft's service could reclaim its throne. The upcoming release of the newly announced SDK should change this situation, so here's a loose outline of what to expect from the scheduled announcement at GDC.

The SDK will be discussed at GDC 2019 as part of a session hosted by Team Xbox's Jeffrey Shi and Ramsey Khadder, "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC".

Microsoft has a long history of cross-platform Xbox Live functionality, starting with initiatives like the much-maligned Games for Windows Live on PC. Microsoft will reveal more at the Game Developers Conference, which starts on Monday, March 18 and continues until March 22. Curiously, you'll also soon be able to earn achievements and receive Xbox Live support for a number of different mobile games, though we have no idea which ones.

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"Game services engineers looking to save time & expand their customer base by letting Microsoft managed game services handle social, communication, and multiplayer interactions across billions of screens", the event description said regarding the target audience for the event.

Alright, keep this on the downlow and the hush-hush, but the word on the street with all the cool kids is that Microsoft are planning to launch Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch, alongside iOS and Android mobile platforms. Until now, Microsoft reserved Xbox Live support on those platforms for its own games, but now now, Microsoft is aiming to bring Xbox Live cross-platform play to even more titles. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

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