Microsoft’s aggressive platform expansion for Xbox Live continues into the mobile front with the announcement that they will have the service officially available both on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.
The new XBL SDK will allow mobile game developers to use Xbox Live as their portal to online play with shared friends lists, cross-saves, online multiplayer servers, achievements and more.
It’s a lot of heavy lifting from a platform side that developers can offset to Microsoft’s services as opposed to building their own. It could also attract players who are already deep into the Xbox Live ecosystem who would be interested in growing their Gamerscore.
In addition, Microsoft Game Stack will allow developers to access MS development tools and api. This includes: DirectX, Mixer,
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Microsoft has been very vocal in their wishes to expand Xbox Live to every platform they can including Nintendo Switch and PS4. PlayStation we can rule out but Nintendo Switch seems to be a possibility.
“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” – Kareem Choudhry, MS Cloud Gaming Chief.
It’s one more big move from MS for Xbox Live. Things are very exciting right now in Redmond.