Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Xbox Live to connect with players on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch

Xbox Live to connect with players on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch

The idea itself isn't exactly radical; Microsoft already requires an Xbox Live account login when playing Minecraft on any platform, except PlayStation.

GDC 2019 is fast approaching, and with it we're starting to get summaries of some of the talks developers are going to give at the event.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. That push will continue in 2019, as the description of an upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 session reveals that the company is preparing to release a new software development kit that will allow developers to integrate Xbox Live into games across a variety of new platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.

There are a few other publishers in the games industry that attach their own independent networks to their games, most notably Ubisoft's Uplay and Electronic Arts's Origin.

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Microsoft has been criticized for its lack of platform exclusives, which tend to be the bread and butter of any video game console, but if its game plan is to use its high-engagement online service as a method of colonizing competitors' marketplaces with its service portfolio, it's a truly audacious move.

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Xbox Live spreading to other devices like Nintendo Switch and mobile will see more players able to connect and play with one another, with mobile experiences like Fortnite, PUBG, Minecraft and others, as well as cross-play features, proving that there's certainly an appetite for it.

We've recently learned of figures behind the Xbox Live monthly users, with said figure seeing up to 64 million monthly active users. Apple has even gone so far as to kill off the app for its Game Center service, and while Google's Play Games Services is still kicking, I find there aren't that many devs out there that actually take advantage of some of its more prominent features, such as cloud saving. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

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