Microsoft officially announce Xbox Live for iOS and Android games

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

Fitting with the company's overall push to make its apps and services work across a variety of platforms, including rival offerings, Microsoft Game Stack will work for developers building games for any type of device, as well as other cloud platforms.

The migration of Xbox Live to new platforms has officially begun, as Microsoft announced Thursday that it will launch a new software development kit (SDK) for developers to include Xbox Live functionality in their mobile games on iOS and Android. The session described a new SDK allowing game developers to connect players between Xbox, Windows 10, iOS Android, and Nintendo Switch, as well as an expansion from "400M gaming devices" to "over 2B devices".

The new Microsoft Game Stack unites services such as Xbox Live, Azure, Visual Studio and PlayFab, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired past year. According to The Verge, this includes features like achievements, Gamerscore, friends lists, clubs, and family settings. They'll also be able to do it through a single-sign on to a Microsoft account, and build in safety features, such as blocking, muting, and account permissions-all features found in games already part of the subscription-based gaming network.

With this move, Xbox Live is the only service that is available to developers on mobile as well as console. What do you think about Microsoft expanding the Xbox brand?

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Microsoft has been pretty clear about its intentions to turn Xbox into more of a platform than a standalone console. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

"Our goal is to really unite the 2 billion gamers of the world and we're big fans of our Xbox Live community, but we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today".

As of now, I am not too optimistic of game developers rushing to integrate Xbox Live in their iOS games. The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well.

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