Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

This means you will most likely see standard Live features like Achievements and Clubs popping up in your favourite mobile titles, depending on which developers adapt to the software. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live will be making its way to iOS and Android, following last month's GDC 2019 event itinerary from the platform-holder, stating that it would be unveiling the service for mobile platforms and Nintendo Switch.

Developers can also choose from tools, such as PlayFab Matchmaking, which pairs people up people in multiplayer games, and is now available in a public preview. Kareem Choudhry, CVP of Microsoft's new Gaming Cloud division penned a long blog post to announce Microsoft Game Stack, a new bundle that includes all of the company's game-development platforms, tools, and services.

Microsoft is launching a new cross-platform SDK for mobile devices that'll allow game developers to tap into Xbox Live's functionality.

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

Microsoft has also said that it is open to the idea of bringing Xbox Live support to Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4, although the latter sounds quite unlikely.

Xbox Live first launched on the original Xbox console back in 2002, but in recent years we've seen a couple of Xbox-Live enabled games on Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. "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.

Choudhry remained tight-lipped when asked about the prospects of seeing Xbox Live on rival consoles, but reiterated Microsoft's desire to keep building bridges. "Mobile developers will now be able to reach some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet with Xbox Live", explained Choudry.

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