Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Xbox Live will be a major component of the Microsoft Game Stack, along with DirectX, Visual Studio, Azure, and PlayFab, the backend service for building and operating live games that Microsoft acquired back in January 2018. Game Stack is a significant move in itself, and it has big implications for Xbox Live in particular, which is heading to iOS and Android as part of this initiative.

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.

The source notes that Xbox Live integration in iOS and Android games will be enabled through a single sign-in to a Microsoft Account.

By opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, Microsoft is accelerating the slow pivot from the online service being tied explicitly to a console and instead positioning it as a fabric for online gaming. None of these services is new on their own, but bringing them together under Game Stack is created to make it easier for developers to find and use Microsoft's tools. "Our vision [is people] should have the freedom to play the games that they want on the devices that they want with the people that they want".

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 past year.

"Over the past 16 years, Xbox Live has become one of the most vibrant and engaged gaming communities in the world". Bringing Xbox Live to mobile games should probably have happened much earlier, and we've actually been hearing that it was coming since 2014. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

As reported by The Verge, that means mobile devs will be able to imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings. "But we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today".

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