Xbox Live Expanding To Nintendo Switch

Microsoft Plans to Expand Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Mobile Devices With Cross-Platform Program

Microsoft Plans to Expand Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Mobile Devices With Cross-Platform Program

Until now, Microsoft reserved Xbox Live support on those platforms for its own games, but now now, Microsoft is aiming to bring Xbox Live cross-platform play to even more titles.

Xbox Live on your iPhone?

As first spotted by Windows Central, Microsoft is planning to present a new software development toolkit created to help developers bring Xbox Live support to games on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch, alongside their current support on Xbox One and PC.

Gladys Knight on why she'll sing the anthem at Super Bowl
Also performing at this year's event will be Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi for the always popular half-time show. Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944, which means she is 74 years old; she was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

The software giant intends to offer a peek at the software development kit that will allow gamers on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch to play on Microsoft's social gaming hub next month at the Game Developers Conference, according to the description of one of the conference's sessions. Microsoft also plans to leverage its powerful PlayFab suite of backend tools as part of this package, aiming to streamline the process for developers building live games across multiple platforms.

The "XDK" is aimed at "game services engineers looking to save time & expand their customer base by letting Microsoft managed game services handle social, communication, and multiplayer interactions across billions of screens". By using Azure-hosted game servers and streaming clients like the PlayFab platform Microsoft acquired just a few days ago, Microsoft promises that "any Console Native game now shipping in the Microsoft Store on Xbox will be capable of streaming to a mobile device" without developers having to alter their game code at all. The listing said Xbox Live users are already engaged on Microsoft's Xbox and PC platforms and listed achievements, friends lists, and clubs among other features as the perks of having Xbox Live support on non-Windows devices. The development "will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms", it goes on to say. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun. It remains to be seen if Microsoft will get any adoption, however, given the general mistrust developers have developed over the last 10 years in Microsoft provided solutions.

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