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Microsoft Announces Xbox Live for Android and iOS

Microsoft Announces Xbox Live for Android and iOS

While the conference isn't until next week, Microsoft has revealed their big news a week early.

Microsoft will open up Xbox Live features such as achievements, gamerscore, friends lists, and clubs to mobile game developers with a new software development kit (SDK).

Microsoft is making a huge bet on its cloud gaming capabilities, led by its Project xCloud service, which has the potential to usher in a new era of gaming by bringing high-powered Xbox games to smartphones. Fortnite is one of the largest titles to have cross-play built-in, with PS4 and Xbox One gamers able to mix it up with iOS, Android, Mac and PC gamers.

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.

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It's called Game Stack, and it "brings together all of our game-development platforms, tools, and services-such as Azure, PlayFab, DirectX, Visual Studio, Xbox Live, App Center, and Havok-into a robust ecosystem that any game developer can use. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

"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.

Xbox Live first launched on the original Xbox console back in 2002, but in recent years we've seen a couple of Xbox-Live enabled games on Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices.

As of now, I am not too optimistic of game developers rushing to integrate Xbox Live in their iOS games. Considering that Nintendo's online platform is, ahem, lacking, with Game Stack and this SDK, the dream of Nintendo dropping its own online platform for Microsoft's becomes, at least technically, possible. Reports suggest that we'll see Microsoft's game subscription service, Game Pass, hit the Switch - with a few former MS exclusives in tow.


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