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Microsoft Wants To Bring Xbox Live Cross-play Gaming to Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS And PC

Microsoft Is bringing Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more

2019/02/04

/ by Kevin Smith

  • Microsoft Is Bringing Xbox Live Cross-play Gaming to Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS And PC
  • Xbox Live Cross-Platform Nintendo Switch, Android And iOS



During GDC 2019, Microsoft is set to debut a new cross-platform development platform with the goal of bringing Xbox Live support to games on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, in addition to PC and Xbox consoles.

 Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-play gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and PC

If Microsoft succeeds in doing what it wants, Nintendo Switch users could soon access Xbox Live achievements, social features, and cross-platform play features not only switch but also Android and iOS. PlayFab, a suite of backend tools, will also be leveraged as part of this package to help developers streamline making games for different platforms. 

Microsoft already has a few games with Xbox Live support across mobile devices, most notably via Minecraft, which requires an Xbox Live login on Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. 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.

This information came from the GDC 2019 scheduling website, you can have a look at it below.

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. 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.

Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.

Takeaway
  • 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 almost every screen.
  • This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

There's a large disconnect between the playstyles of mobile gamers when compared to PC and console gamers, but the gap is closing thanks to games like Minecraft, Fortnite, and PUBG, which have all seen gigantic mobile engagement alongside their PC and console audiences. Cleary, Microsoft sees an opportunity to be at the fore of that trend.

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