Microsoft to make Xbox Live available cross-platform

In an effort to expand its user base, Microsoft has confirmed it is bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android

4Feb

Microsoft will be bringing Xbox Live to a number of platforms including the Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS, according to a scheduled session description at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019.

The session description further outlined that Microsoft's goal will be to provide Xbox Live on other platforms so that gamers will have access to its best features and cross-play options. This will also mean that Xbox achievements for games will appear across consoles allowing users to "pick up where they left off", although it is so far unclear as to whether this will be the case for third-party titles.

Microsoft will discuss the plans in greater detail at GDC 2019 in March during a session titled: "Xbox Live: Growing and engaging your gaming community across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox and PC."


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The GDC 2019 website session description read: "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 400 million gaming devices and a reach to more than 68 million active players to more than two billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK," it added.

"Console wars" between PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo users has historically led to fierce loyalties amongst gamers. Microsoft's plans, however, outline a future where Xbox is more widely available, demonstrating that the company aims for its service to have more of a universal appeal.

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