Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Alfred Osborne
March 15, 2019

That means you'll eventually see things like Xbox Live achievements, Gamerscore, clubs, and more on updated and new Android and iOS games.

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. Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief, issued the following statement.

For Xbox Live specifically, a new Software Development Kit (SDK) is being introduced to allow for iOS and Android games to plug into the wider Live community and capabilities. 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.

For more than a decade, when you think about Xbox Live, you are likely thinking of a black box that sits in your living room that connects to an online service.

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During the presentation, Microsoft touted its growing cloud platform, which is now twice as large as its closest competitor (namely Amazon Web Services) and will continue to expand even further. Developers will be able to pick and choose which Xbox Live features they want to integrate, with the entire process being enabled through a single sign-in to a Microsoft Account. In doing so, Xbox Live has the potential of reaching billions of people across the globe, though, app developers will need a good reason to include it. While this is definitely true, it remains to be seen if mobile developers will prefer Microsoft's tools over others those already provided by Facebook or Google.

"Our company has a long legacy in games - and in building developer-focused platforms", said Choudry.

Regardless, Microsoft's GDC 2019 panel will definitely be one to watch, as Xbox Live is about to blow up. But as the adage says, better late than never.

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