Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and Mobile

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and Mobile

Something to look forward to: Microsoft is getting ready to expand its Xbox Live cross-platform support, bringing more features to Android, iOS, and Switch users. The upcoming release of the newly announced SDK should change this situation, so here's a loose outline of what to expect from the scheduled announcement at GDC.

Spotted by Windows Central, the posting on the GDC scheduling website makes it crystal clear, Xbox Live support is expanding to new devices.

When Xbox Live launched many, many, years ago, the platform was aimed at making the task of playing games online, significantly easier.

The idea as proposed is to let the Xbox Live community take their groups, achievements, friends lists, games progress, and other means of engagement with them to non-Microsoft platforms, most notably the Switch, in the same way that Minecraft players can now bring their data with them via Live if they change over to another system.

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This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. The platform is now a one-stop-shop for multiplayer gaming on Xbox; it enables multiplayer in most games, offers leaderboards, and provides various social tools as well. The SDK in question is likely what developers will be using to hook into Microsoft's services.

It's exciting news for gamers, who will be able to play with friends and rack up achievements even when they're away from their Xbox or PC. It's going to be a tough sell when competing services like Play Games, Game Center, and Facebook are already available on mobile.

It will also open the door for you to connect with your Xbox friends on different platforms. We won't have long to wait to see the service in action, though, as Microsoft is planning to present Project xCloud at the Game Developers Conference in March.

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