As Microsoft prepares for the next generation, the Xbox brand is expanding. With the power of Project xCloud, Microsoft wants you to be able to play their first-party games on phones and tablets. While that future is still a while off, they took a big step today by announcing plans to bring Xbox Live services to iOS and Android.

Mobile developers will soon be able to integrate Xbox Live functionality in their games thanks to a new cross-platform mobile software development kit from Microsoft. According to The Verge, developers will have access to a variety of features, including ”
achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and even some family settings.” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s gaming cloud chief, issued the following statement.

“We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community. If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
— Kareem Choudhry

If all of this sounds a little familiar, it may be because we reported on this possibility last month. A GDC listing (which was later removed) stated that details about Xbox Live on mobile would be shared at an upcoming panel. According to that listing, Xbox Live is also coming to Nintendo Switch. When asked about this, Choudhry stated that Microsoft doesn’t “have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today.” We expect an announcement will be made in the future. Microsoft is also open to the idea of Xbox Live on PlayStation 4, but that seems less likely.

Source: The Verge

Ben Lamoreux

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