Microsoft’s Xbox Live is, arguably, one of the best console Gaming networks out there, featuring a mix of social tools, as well as achievements and more to enhance the Gaming experience. However, it seems like Microsoft might be prepping up to share its services much further than just the Xbox.
We’re not talking about the Xbox “app” on Smartphones, we’re talking about full-on Xbox Live, on platforms such as iOS and Android, as well as even the Nintendo Switch! Xbox on mobile devices isn’t entirely new, Microsoft’s flopped Windows Phone platform offered that from its launch, though, as hinted, it didn’t exactly take off, which was a shame as it was actually really promising.
News of the new platforms delivering Xbox Live functionality was originally spotted by Windows Central, seems to stem from scheduling at the upcoming Game Developers Conference. It’s on that page, Microsoft hints at bringing the Xbox Live experience “cross-platform”, with a cross-platform development kit to do just that!
Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players across platforms.
Microsoft GDC Xbox Live Session
It’s worth mentioning that even today, you sign in to Xbox Live on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch with Minecraft, so the move isn’t too out there, plus Microsoft have always been rather big on cross-platform delivery.
One notable, though unsurprising, emission from the list, of course, is Sony. Sony has already been very awkward in the past involving cross-platform play, so the lack of the PS4 shouldn’t come as a surprise at all.