Further Details Revealed For Xbox Live Coming To Android And iOS Devices

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 15, 2019

Microsoft confirmed the plan to bring Xbox Live to iOS and Android via a new software development kit ahead of the big Game Developers Conference next week.

Unveiled for GDC, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android by way of a new SDK.

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. Regardless of which features game developers pick, the features will be enabled through a single sign-in to a Microsoft account.

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Last month it was suggested that Microsoft was preparing to expand the reach of Xbox Live to include many more platforms, including those of its competitors.

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", explains Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief in a media briefing this week. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers". The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well. It's worth noting that Xbox Live support does already exist for Android and iOS titles, but it's been limited to Microsoft Studios 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.

As of now, I am not too optimistic of game developers rushing to integrate Xbox Live in their iOS games.

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