Microsoft’s Xbox Live can soon work in any Android game

Microsoft’s Xbox Live can soon work in any Android game

That said, Microsoft doubled down on its platform agnostic stance with Xbox Live in the same interview.

Thursday (March 14), the company behind Xbox revealed that it's opening up its Xbox Live online gaming network to Android and iOS mobile platforms. The idea behind Microsoft Game Stack is to give developers the tools they need to make their games all in one place, whether it's Azure for cloud services, PlayFab for matchmaking and parties, or Xbox Live for community and identity.

Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers.

Well, GDC won't kick off until next week but Microsoft has just made official its ambitious plans for Xbox Live. "Our vision [is people] should have the freedom to play the games that they want on the devices that they want with the people that they want".

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", explains Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief in a media briefing this week. According to The Verge, developers will have access to a variety of features, including " achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and even some family settings".

Microsoft Game Stack
Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made a year ago.

So, it's entirely possible that Microsoft is working toward Xbox Live integration for Nintendo Switch, but that it's simply not yet ready for announcement.

Regardless, Microsoft's GDC 2019 panel will definitely be one to watch, as Xbox Live is about to blow up.

"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", he added.

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