Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Yolanda Curtis
March 15, 2019

On Nintendo Switch, the Bedrock version of Minecraft also uses Xbox Live to enable crossplay with other platforms.

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.

Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made past year.

Microsoft has revealed more information about Xbox Live coming to both Android and iOS devices. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

"Over the past 16 years, Xbox Live has become one of the most vibrant and engaged gaming communities in the world". There are already a handful games that feature Xbox Live achievements as well, so this is a move that Microsoft has at least been considering for some time. None of these services is new on their own, but bringing them together under Game Stack is created to make it easier for developers to find and use Microsoft's tools.

Microsoft gaming cloud chief Kareem Choudhry did mention at the Xbox Live briefing that opening up Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and PS4 games was possible down the road, with the former being a bit more probable than the latter, The Verge reports. 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.

With the SDK, game developers can pick and choose which Xbox Live features make it to their mobile games. It gives developers a back-end platform to build, launch and manage games.

We'll have to wait and see if this gets adopted by any developers.

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