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Microsoft Game Stack brings Xbox Live to any gaming platform

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Emmett Howard | 18 March, 2019, 09:38

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Live network is coming to iOS and Android devices. The global scale of Azure will be the foundation for Project xCloud streaming technology, so developers will have the ability to reach any gamer around the world, regardless of what device they may be gaming on. The company is launching a new cross-platform mobile SDK for game developers to bring the functionality for games that run on iOS and Android.

That's why the company's "starting a journey" to bring the relevant products, platforms and services together as Microsoft Game Stack, he said.

Today, we're excited for Xbox Live to become part of Microsoft Game Stack, providing identity and community services.

There were rumors of Microsoft bridging access to more platforms via Xbox Live. They can choose to use all of these for their games, or they can select them a la carte - if it only makes sense to add Achievements to your game, you can do that without issue.

Microsoft spoke with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the announcement to simply state: "Our goal is to unite the two billion gamers", Microsoft CVP of Gaming Cloud Kareem Choudhry said. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

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PlayFab provides a set of cloud-based building blocks for developing online games.

Still, this step on to mobile paves the way for Microsoft's future services, including xCloud, which will have the ability to stream games to nearly any device.

The service will stream games wirelessly from the cloud to remote devices and aims to bring AAA gaming to underpowered smartphones, tablets, and laptops using powerful Xbox console-powered server banks. PlayFab Party, which offers voice, and chat services adapted from Xbox Party Chat, is being offered in private preview.

Microsoft's vision is to connect PlayFab with its more general-purpose software development products into a cohesive, integrated toolkit under the Game Stack umbrella.

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