Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to mobile games on iOS and Android

Xbox Live On Switch

After all, the Xbox brand's best asset is its online functionality and the Live service has proven to be the best-in-class online gaming platform in the console segment.

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live will be making its way to iOS and Android, following last month's GDC 2019 event itinerary from the platform-holder, stating that it would be unveiling the service for mobile platforms and Nintendo Switch.

Now, with the launch of Microsoft Game Stack, developers will be able to implement things like Xbox Live logins and social services in their mobile games.

Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers. None of these services is new on their own, but bringing them together under Game Stack is created to make it easier for developers to find and use Microsoft's tools. Microsoft wants to use its Azure services such as PlayFab, Xbox Live, and soon, Project xCloud, to help developers reach gamers wherever they are, on whatever device they want to use.

Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made past year.

Microsoft Game Stack
Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

As reported by The Verge, that means mobile devs will be able to imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings.

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.

Microsoft spoke with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the announcement to simply state: "Our goal is to unite the two billion gamers", Microsoft CVP of Gaming Cloud Kareem Choudhry said.

Xbox Live is heading to mobile. Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing.


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