Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
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Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

After these initial experiments, Microsoft is now ready to make Xbox Live accessible for all developers creating iOS and Android games, but today's announcement didn't mention the Nintendo Switch or the Playstation 4.

For Xbox Live specifically, a new Software Development Kit (SDK) is being introduced to allow for iOS and Android games to plug into the wider Live community and capabilities.

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.

For more than a decade, when you think about Xbox Live, you are likely thinking of a black box that sits in your living room that connects to an online service. Microsoft's own Minecraft supports cross-play between Xbox One, Switch and PC players, as does the popular multiplayer game Rocket League.

Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers.

At the start of last month, Microsoft revealed they'd be bringing Project xCloud to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this month. It also means developers can add Xbox Live Achievements to their games, giving gamers another incentive to pick them up and to keep playing them.

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community".

Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made previous year. Bringing Xbox Live to mobile games should probably have happened much earlier, and we've actually been hearing that it was coming since 2014.

So, it's entirely possible that Microsoft is working toward Xbox Live integration for Nintendo Switch, but that it's simply not yet ready for announcement. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

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