Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

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. Microsoft confirmed the plan to bring Xbox Live to iOS and Android via a new software development kit ahead of the big Game Developers Conference next week. The goal is that by using Xbox Live services, the mobile developer will be able to easily tap into the already established Xbox community to drive more adoption of the new application.

Last month it was suggested that Microsoft was preparing to expand the reach of Xbox Live to include many more platforms, including those of its competitors. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games. For example, if you're playing a mobile game with a friend and the two of you aren't in the same room together, a developer could utilize this SDK to include a party chat feature, allowing you two to talk about the game in real-time.

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft gaming cloud chief Kareem Choudhry said in a briefing, according to The Verge. The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well. Couple this new SDK with Game Stack, that was also announced today, means that Microsoft is providing new front-end and back-end solutions that they hope will attract developers, large and small, to its online suite of services.

While some iOS games do have Xbox Live integration, they were released from Microsoft Studios itself.

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