Microsoft Working to Bring Xbox Live Cross-Platform, Nintendo Switch Included

Microsoft is now pushing the boundaries of cross-platform by bringing Xbox Live to more devices including iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch in addition to PC and Xbox One. The official schedule of GDC 2019 has revealed that Microsoft Corporation is releasing a new software development kit (SDK) at the upcoming event.

In case you don’t know, Xbox Live cross-platform is already available on mobile devices including Nintendo Switch but in rare games. The most common game being Minecraft followed by Fortnite. You can log in via an Xbox Live id in Minecraft on iOS, Switch, and Android devices. Basically, these cross-platform features are only available in games made by Mircosoft Studios so that’s going to change with the new software development kit (SDK).

New SDK will allow the developers to bring Xbox Live achievements, social features, friend list, clubs and more to almost all devices. This massive move will allow them to expand their Xbox Live services and userbase eventually bringing making it a step closer to Phil Spencer’s dream of bringing Xbox games on all devices.

It’s a confirmation that 2019 is going to be another great year for Microsoft so all we have to do is to wait till March when GDC 2019 takes place in San Francisco, SA. Alongside. You can check out the official plans below.

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.

Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.

Takeaway
– Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
– This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

There’s no doubt that Sony is leading in terms of making great games but Microsoft, on the other hand, is dedicated to making the life of gamers easier and more fun by bringing in new ways to play games.