Game developers will be able to choose which parts of Xbox Live they want to bring into their games.
The move to open up Xbox Live to a wider audience is part of a bigger push to get Microsoft's tools and services to more platforms. After these initial experiments, Microsoft is now ready to make Xbox Live accessible for all developers creating iOS and Android games, but today's announcement didn't mention the Nintendo Switch or the Playstation 4. In doing so, Xbox Live has the potential of reaching billions of people across the globe, though, app developers will need a good reason to include it.
Following a revealing GDC 2019 panel preview description in February, Microsoft has announced that its Xbox Live gaming service is coming to iOS and Android.
Rumors have been swirling for some time that Nintendo and Microsoft were up to "something" and while it was initially rumored that GamePass was headed to the Switch, Xbox Live integration may make a bit more sense.
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android
"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft's CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhrysaid at a briefing.
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. According to The Verge, this includes features like achievements, Gamerscore, friends lists, clubs, and family settings. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".
As of now, I am not too optimistic of game developers rushing to integrate Xbox Live in their iOS games. "But we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today". Reports suggest that we'll see Microsoft's game subscription service, Game Pass, hit the Switch - with a few former MS exclusives in tow. "Phil [Spencer] has been very proactive on issues like cross-play, cross-progression, and uniting gamer networks, and we're willing to partner with the industry as much as we possibly can".
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