Microsoft Planning to Bring Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS
First seen by Windows Central, Microsoft has announced plans to bring Xbox Live to the Nintendo Switch, Android and ios. Microsoft had this to say;
Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love. Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. 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. Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.
At the moment this seems to add Xbox Live support to games available on those platforms and make it easier for developers to make their games cross-platform, along with Xbox Live’s achievements, friends lists and profiles being available on Nintendo Switch, Android, and ios and doesn’t seem to be an extension of Xbox Live’s games themselves being available on other platforms. There has been no mention of Xbox Live coming to PS4.
It’s worth noting though that Microsoft is also working on their Project Xcloud which will have Xbox games being streamed and playable on any device. So Xbox Live being on Nintendo Switch, Android, and ios could also be paving the way for Project Xcloud in order to make Xcloud’s integration into those platforms easier.
Either way we are sure to find out more during Microsoft’s GDC developer session in March.