Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft Announces Xbox Live for Android and iOS

Microsoft Announces Xbox Live for Android and iOS

Rumors have been swirling for some time that Nintendo and Microsoft were up to "something" and while it was initially rumored that GamePass was headed to the Switch, Xbox Live integration may make a bit more sense.

Microsoft is making this move as a part of its overall Game Stack initiative with which it is bringing all its various game development tools into a single platform.

"Under Game Stack, Xbox Live will expand its cross-platform capabilities, as we introduce a new SDK that brings this community to iOS and Android devices". 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.

Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers.

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"If you've watched us for the past few years, we've taken a very inclusive approach".

"Historically, our lineup of game developer tools has been varied and lived in pockets all across Microsoft", Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft corporate vice president of gaming cloud said in a briefing ahead of the big Game Developers Conference this week. It will be up to the developers to pick which parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games. In doing so, Xbox Live has the potential of reaching billions of people across the globe, though, app developers will need a good reason to include it.

Most of the features tied to an Xbox Live account are also added to a game with SDK, such as achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, and clubs.

We'll have to wait and see if this gets adopted by any developers. Bringing Xbox Live to mobile games should probably have happened much earlier, and we've actually been hearing that it was coming since 2014.

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