March 19, 2019

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

15 March 2019, 05:26 | Cameron Gross

Xbox Live features will be available to all Android and iOS game developers Microsoft says

Microsoft to Bring Xbox Live Features to Android and iOS Games

Microsoft didn't announce which partners (if any) would be using Xbox Live on mobile devices, however, and considering third-party support on Windows-based phones and tablets was pretty weak, it remains to be seen whether or not developers will actually use it.

Now, with the launch of Microsoft Game Stack, developers will be able to implement things like Xbox Live logins and social services in their mobile games.

Microsoft is making a huge bet on its cloud gaming capabilities, led by its Project xCloud service, which has the potential to usher in a new era of gaming by bringing high-powered Xbox games to smartphones. The idea behind Microsoft Game Stack is to give developers the tools they need to make their games all in one place, whether it's Azure for cloud services, PlayFab for matchmaking and parties, or Xbox Live for community and identity. Developers will be able to pick and choose which Xbox Live features they want to integrate, with the entire process being 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. According to The Verge, developers will have access to a variety of features, including " achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and even some family settings".

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. At the moment, however, there's no sign of Xbox Live for Switch as yet. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers". Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing.

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