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Xbox Live appears to be coming to Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms

Xbox Live appears to be coming to Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms”

The talk is intended for developers already building Xbox games and will be hosted by Microsoft's very own Backwards Compatibility team.

When Xbox Live launched many, many, years ago, the platform was aimed at making the task of playing games online, significantly easier. Developers will be able to bake cross-platform Xbox Live achievements, social systems, and multiplayer, into games built for mobile devices and Nintendo Switch, as part of its division-wide effort to grow Xbox Live's userbase.

Xbox Live is one of the best console gaming networks out there, offering plenty of social tools and pioneering those ever-popular achievements. "Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK", states the notes.

The biggest change here is that Microsoft is seemingly willing to offer Xbox Live cross-platform services to third-party developers. According to Windows Central, the platform-holder is looking to debut a new cross-format development platform at GDC 2019, with a view to bringing Xbox Live to other formats beyond Xbox and PC.

Something to look forward to: Microsoft is getting ready to expand its Xbox Live cross-platform support, bringing more features to Android, iOS, and Switch users.

While Minecraft players do now have the ability to log into Xbox Live on Switch, this new implementation will seemingly allow games to incorporate more features, like Achievements and Friend Lists.

This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Now, they may have a plan to take that one step further and make Xbox Live available on a number of other devices.

It wasn't immediately clear from the session description when consumers could expect to see the functionality in the wild, and Microsoft representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.



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