Microsoft’s Xbox Live can soon work in any Android game

Judy Cobb
March 15, 2019

Of course, this will also bring the infamous Gamerscore and Xbox Live achievements to iOS and Android games.

Now, with the launch of Microsoft Game Stack, developers will be able to implement things like Xbox Live logins and social services in their mobile games.

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. Xbox Live support on mobile devices will be possible through Xbox Live SDK, a new cross-platform mobile software development kit created by Microsoft.

What we do know now is that this Xbox Live SDK will bring trusted game identity security controls and will allow developers to pick and choose which Xbox Live features they want to include in their games.

While the lack of Xbox Live support for Nintendo Switch may seem conspicuous, having been listed among Microsoft's plans for GDC, that doesn't mean it isn't necessarily still on the cards. "Our vision [is people] should have the freedom to play the games that they want on the devices that they want with the people that they want".

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"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft's CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhry said at a briefing.

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.

Starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms.

"Our goal is to really unite the 2 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", he added.

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