Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Smartphones and the Nintendo Switch

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Smartphones and the Nintendo Switch

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Smartphones and the Nintendo Switch

Notably, one of the sessions on the calendar is supposed to cover a first look at a new SDK from Microsoft that will allow mobile game developers to integrate the Xbox Live service into their titles. The idea is that it can provide tools to developers that allow them to support achievements, social alerts, and multiplayer in games across platforms via a single Microsoft login.

The announcement was teased from the conference schedule details for GDC 2019 - which has since been taken down - and will take place next month. Basically, Microsoft wants to provide developers with the tools to implement Xbox Live across nearly all major platforms, expanding the network's reach to far more screens. The segment, "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms" will be presented by Microsoft, with Jeffrey Shi and Ramsey Khadder apparently headlining the talk. Microsoft will reveal more at the Game Developers Conference, which starts on Monday, March 18 and continues until March 22.

The lecture is meant to introduce developers to the software, and sell them on why they should include it in their games.

Part of the session's description also played up the appeal of the decision to independent developers, who ostensibly could "save time & expand their customer base" by offloading their social, communications, and multiplayer interactions onto Microsoft's Xbox Live network.

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This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms.

Microsoft is apparently poised to bring Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms, including Android and iOS.

A job posting almost four years ago hinted at the possibility of bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games. Until now, Microsoft reserved Xbox Live support on those platforms for its own games, but now now, Microsoft is aiming to bring Xbox Live cross-platform play to even more titles.

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