Xbox Live cross-platform gaming coming to iOS and Android

Xbox Live mobile Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer

Presumably, the same functionality will be rolled out on Switch, iOS and Android, with social systems (friends lists, messages etc.), multiplayer and achievements to be integrated, expanding the userbase for Xbox Live in the process. Now, they may have a plan to take that one step further and make Xbox Live available on a number of other devices. Not named in the document is Microsoft rival Sony and its PlayStation platform, which has traditionally been locked out of cross-platform gaming initiatives by Sony's restrictive licence agreements.

The session scheduler for the annual game developer event already revealed that Microsoft will be announcing new cross-platform XDK specifically targeted to bring together all the major platforms that aren't blocking cross-platform play, including Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Android and IOS.

In a blurb for their upcoming appearance, Microsoft states that Xbox Live has grown to be one of the leading gaming social communities.

This seems to be hinting at the fact that you'll be able to play cross-platform titles designed for mobile play and the Switch and earn Xbox achievements while playing them on another platform. Instead of coding up your own account structure and online presence, the argument goes, why not simply plug into the preexisting, millions-strong Xbox Live user base?

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GDC attendees can get a first glimpse of the software development kit (SDK) which will allow them to use Xbox Live for not just Xbox titles and Microsoft PC titles, but also iOS, Nintendo Switch, and Android games. Basically, Microsoft wants to provide developers with the tools to implement Xbox Live across nearly all major platforms, expanding the network's reach to far more screens.

The move is another example of Microsoft working to sell tools to developers, rather than trying to win by making hit games and consoles themselves.

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