Microsoft to Bring Xbox Live Features to Android and iOS Games

Isaac Cain
March 16, 2019

Redmond-based Microsoft has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons in the world of console and mobile gaming by announcing a cross-platform SDK created to bring Xbox Live features to games running on mobile platforms like iOS and Android. Microsoft wants to use its Azure services such as PlayFab, Xbox Live, and soon, Project xCloud, to help developers reach gamers wherever they are, on whatever device they want to use. While that future is still a while off, they took a big step today by announcing plans to bring Xbox Live services to iOS and Android.

In what should come as no surprise at this point, Microsoft is also open to bringing Xbox Live for game developers working on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, though it's unlikely to happen just yet. At the moment, however, there's no sign of Xbox Live for Switch as yet. Another feature, PlayFab Insights, will use the power of Microsoft's Azure cloud to offer developers insights about how people are playing their games.

For more than a decade, when you think about Xbox Live, you are likely thinking of a black box that sits in your living room that connects to an online service. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

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Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief said, "We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community". It will be up to the developers to pick which parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

That means things like Gamerscore, achievements, stats, friends lists, family settings, security and privacy settings - and even chat and party functionality coming to mobiles, through a single sign-in. The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well. Reports suggest that we'll see Microsoft's game subscription service, Game Pass, hit the Switch - with a few former MS exclusives in tow.

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