Microsoft Eager To Expand Xbox Live Cross-Platform Gaming On Switch

Yolanda Curtis
February 4, 2019

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger.

Xbox Live on your iPhone?


Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC" the talk encourages game developers to examine their new SDK, created to "connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs", with Microsoft claiming "Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices" to "over 2B devices. This expansion of Live means that, if a developer implements the features, you will be able to earn achievements, access your friend's list, and your clubs, from devices other than Microsoft apps and services; Microsoft is trying to make Xbox the backbone of the online gaming world. This has been tested in one game already, with Minecraft tapping into Xbox Live across all three new platforms. This will include bringing Xbox Live to other platforms, including iOS, Android and the Nintendo Switch. Even if streamed on mobile, the games will use the same graphics and "input paradigms", although they can be customised to allow for touch input when a controller is not available. The session notes state Microsoft's intention to "connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs".

Information on the new cross-platform development kit that Microsoft plans to unveil was spotted on the schedule for the Game Developers Conference 2019 event by Twitter user Avers (via Windows Central).


Sony has started to be more lax with its stance on cross-platform multiplayer, more recently allowing Rocket League to activate the service after an initial rollout with Fortnite. The upcoming release of the newly announced SDK should change this situation, so here's a loose outline of what to expect from the scheduled announcement at GDC.

If this is true, then we'll likely see more Microsoft games on Android.


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