Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

For Xbox Live specifically, a new Software Development Kit (SDK) is being introduced to allow for iOS and Android games to plug into the wider Live community and capabilities.

According to The Verge who was on hand for the announcement, Xbox Live for Android will offer developers the ability to build party systems, messaging, Xbox achievements, Microsoft sign-in, as well as cloud saves into mobile games.

By opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, Microsoft is accelerating the slow pivot from the online service being tied explicitly to a console and instead positioning it as a fabric for online gaming. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

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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.

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live will be making its way to iOS and Android, following last month's GDC 2019 event itinerary from the platform-holder, stating that it would be unveiling the service for mobile platforms and Nintendo Switch.

While the lack of Xbox Live support for Nintendo Switch may seem conspicuous, having been listed among Microsoft's plans for GDC, that doesn't mean it isn't necessarily still on the cards. For that to happen, we need to see cloud gaming becoming more popular as it would then allow users to continue playing a game on their iPhone which they initially started playing on their Xbox console.

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