Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Microsoft Opening Up Xbox Live to Switch, Android and iOS

Coming soon to Nintendo Switch Coming soon to Nintendo Switch
Emmett Howard | 04 February, 2019, 23:42

Microsoft plans to expand Xbox Live to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch and mobile. It also opens up the possibility of Microsoft's trademark first-party franchises being available for play on Android, iOS, or Nintendo devices, albeit with potential required engagement with Xbox Live.

Oddly enough the session page for this announcement that's on the GDC website has had its description removed while I was writing this post, so I have included a screenshot of the entire page before the text removal so that everyone can view the full description. It promises a first look at a new "cross-platform XDK" that will "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". This will allow developers to incorporate Xbox Live's suite of game achievements, matchmaking, social systems and more in their games and devices.

We've recently learned of figures behind the Xbox Live monthly users, with said figure seeing up to 64 million monthly active users.

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This seems to be hinting at the fact that you'll be able to play cross-platform titles designed for mobile play and the Switch and earn Xbox achievements while playing them on another platform. This is part of Microsoft's quest to reach "two billion gamers" across multiple platforms. While this feature has been exclusive to Microsoft's games, it appears to be expanding to more titles.

Microsoft has done their best to incorporate cross-platform play into a wide variety of games in the last few years.

This talk - brought to you by the Xbox backwards compatibility team - will go deeper into how Cloud Aware games built with the Project xCloud SDK will help games adapt for mobile through the same graphics and input paradigms as Console Native development. Microsoft will reveal more at the Game Developers Conference, which starts on Monday, March 18 and continues until March 22.

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