While some iOS games do have Xbox Live integration, they were released from Microsoft Studios itself. It forms a part of what's being described as a Microsoft Game Stack, allowing developers to use all of its tools and services for game development. It will be up to the developers to pick which parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.
Well, GDC won't kick off until next week but Microsoft has just made official its ambitious plans for Xbox Live.
Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers.
For more than a decade, when you think about Xbox Live, you are likely thinking of a black box that sits in your living room that connects to an online service.
"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft gaming cloud chief Kareem Choudhrysaid in a briefing, according to The Verge. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".
The SDK will have Xbox Live features like achievements, Gamerscore, player stats, friend lists, clubs and family management controls.
What this announcement makes no mention of is Nintendo Switch support for Xbox Live, which was mentioned in Microsoft's initial tease of the GDC 2019 panel discussion regarding this Xbox Live expansion. Why? Does that mean we'll see Xbox Live better integrated on Switch? However, if you are a Nintendo Switch gamer, then you may have to wait a little longer as Choudhry has also confirmed that it doesn't "have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch" but who knows what the future will hold. Reports suggest that we'll see Microsoft's game subscription service, Game Pass, hit the Switch - with a few former MS exclusives in tow.
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