Microsoft Brings its Xbox Live Network to iOS and Android

Microsoft to Bring Xbox Live Features to Android and iOS Games

That means you'll eventually see things like Xbox Live achievements, Gamerscore, clubs, and more on updated and new Android and iOS games.

Developers will not be forced to integrate every single aspect of Xbox Live in their games.

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.

Microsoft has laid out plans to launch a new cross-platform mobile SDK for that will let game devs add Xbox Live functionality to games on iOS and Android.

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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. 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.

Microsoft has also said that it is open to the idea of bringing Xbox Live support to Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4, although the latter sounds quite unlikely.

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", he commented. Microsoft's own Minecraft supports cross-play between Xbox One, Switch and PC players, as does the popular multiplayer game Rocket League. "Mobile developers will now be able to reach some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet with Xbox Live", explained Choudry. That includes includes a trusted identity network based on Microsoft accounts, a frictionless integration for developers (Xbox Live-enabled games were notoriously hard to develop in the Windows 8/Windows Phone era due to Microsoft's strict guidelines), as well as many ways to keep mobile gamers engaged with achievements, crossplay, and more. "Developers don't really have time to go searching for tools, and we know it's been hard to navigate and take full advantage of everything we have to offer".

Starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms. It seems unlikely that will ever happen, but never say never.

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