Microsoft to bring Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android

The company announces launch of new cross-platform mobile software but remains tight-lipped about the future of the Nintendo Switch


Microsoft is launching a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) to bring its Xbox Live network to iOS and Android devices. The SDK will allow game developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to games that run on iOS and Android.

The move, which was initially teased back in February, will mean that Xbox Live features, such as achievements, friend lists and Gamerscore, will be available on mobile and tablet platforms. Previously, only mobile games published by Microsoft – for example, the hyper-successful Minecraft – were able to utilize Xbox Live features.

Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice-president, gaming cloud at Microsoft, commented: "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."

The company has yet to comment on Xbox Live support becoming available on Nintendo Switch, another thing it teased last month.

Choudhry told The Verge: "Our goal is to really unite the two billion gamers of the world and we're big fans of our Xbox Live community, but we don't have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today."

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