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

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

There are already a handful games that feature Xbox Live achievements as well, so this is a move that Microsoft has at least been considering for some time.

The migration of Xbox Live to new platforms has officially begun, as Microsoft announced Thursday that it will launch a new software development kit (SDK) for developers to include Xbox Live functionality in their mobile games on iOS and Android.

By opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, Microsoft is accelerating the slow pivot from the online service being tied explicitly to a console and instead positioning it as a fabric for online gaming.

While the lack of Xbox Live support for Nintendo Switch may seem conspicuous, having been listed among Microsoft's plans for GDC, that doesn't mean it isn't necessarily still on the cards. He recently claimed Microsoft wants to bring its Game Pass subscription service - which grants users access to major first-party titles like Halo, Gears of War, and Forza - to "any device that somebody wants to play on". That includes includes a trusted identity network based on Microsoft accounts, a frictionless integration for developers (Xbox Live-enabled games were notoriously hard to develop in the Windows 8/Windows Phone era due to Microsoft's strict guidelines), as well as many ways to keep mobile gamers engaged with achievements, crossplay, and more.

Microsoft Game Stack

Microsoft gaming cloud chief Kareem Choudhry did mention at the Xbox Live briefing that opening up Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and PS4 games was possible down the road, with the former being a bit more probable than the latter, The Verge reports.

Xbox Live is heading to mobile.

"If you've watched us for the past few years, we've taken a very inclusive approach". "But we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today".



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