Xbox Live to Connect With Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch Players

Xbox Live to Connect With Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch Players

Xbox Live to Connect With Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch Players

The news was revealed in notes for a session at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC).

Microsoft is about to share its well-publicized plans for bringing its Xbox Live online gaming service to several new platforms, namely iOS, Android and even Nintendo Switch. This SDK (or XDK as Microsoft is calling it) will allow game developers to have Xbox Live achievements be built into games regardless of their platform, along with achievements and multiplayer. However, this event will see Xbox Live players being able to take their Xbox "gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to nearly every screen".

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In short, the new platform will allow developers to add Xbox Live support for Switch and smart devices in games more easily, outside of games like Minecraft and Rocket League that now support cross-platform play.

Microsoft has had past success in sharing their titles across platforms, with a definitive example being the availability of Minecraft on the Switch.

This isn't unprecedented: in order to play Minecraft on Nintendo Switch you have to sign into Xbox Live, and it wouldn't be too surprising to see more of this approach. Now, taking a massive new step, they're looking to go beyond just the normal cross-platform play. The move is also on par for the company to grow a market share in cross-platform gaming, with titles like PUBG and Fortnite leading the charge and subsequent profit. "Project xCloud is an open platform with a customizable Client UX where streaming starts with Xbox game developers not having to modify a single line of existing game code".

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