Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Microsoft Expanding Xbox Live To Nintendo Switch, iOS, And Android

Xbox Live mobile Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer Microsoft Plans to Expand Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Mobile Devices With Cross-Platform Program
Kayla Schwartz | 04 February, 2019, 19:58

Microsoft is about to share its well-publicized plans for bringing its Xbox Live online gaming service to several new platforms, namely iOS, Android and even Nintendo Switch.

Xbox Live on your iPhone?

Microsoft's Xbox Backwards Compatibility team will be detailing the company's upcoming game streaming tech, Project xCloud, at this year's GDC event.

Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has really been pushing its Xbox brand as something that's inclusive, with titles like Minecraft being cross-play across multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.

It continued to preview a software development kit aimed at developers which will allow them to "connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs".

Venezuela’s Maduro writes to pope for help
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Seven EU states had given Maduro a Sunday deadline to call presidential elections or they would recognize Guaido.

"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 nearly every screen", the GDC scheduling post reads. Now, they may have a plan to take that one step further and make Xbox Live available on a number of other devices. Almost half a billion devices isn't anything to sneeze at, but quadrupling that number to reach 2 billion devices by supporting additional devices would make Xbox Live the most expansive platform around.

The Game Developers Conference is scheduled to be held March 18 through 22 in San Francisco.

If this is true, then we'll likely see more Microsoft games on Android. The talk is intended for developers already building Xbox games and will be hosted by Microsoft's very own Backwards Compatibility team.

"Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger", states the write-up, which was first spotted by 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.

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