Further Details Revealed For Xbox Live Coming To Android And iOS Devices

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

After these initial experiments, Microsoft is now ready to make Xbox Live accessible for all developers creating iOS and Android games, but today's announcement didn't mention the Nintendo Switch or the Playstation 4.

The new Microsoft Game Stack unites services such as Xbox Live, Azure, Visual Studio and PlayFab, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired past year.

The Xbox Live mobile SDK is part of Microsoft's recently announced Game Stack initiative, which aims to bring together all of the company's game-development platforms, tools, and services - such as Azure, PlayFab, DirectX, Visual Studio, Xbox Live, App Center, and Havok - into a robust cloud-based ecosystem that any game developer can use.

By opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, Microsoft is accelerating the slow pivot from the online service being tied explicitly to a console and instead positioning it as a fabric for online gaming.

At the start of last month, Microsoft revealed they'd be bringing Project xCloud to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this month.

Also cross-linked between the gaming platforms with supported Xbox Live games would be achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and family settings.

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Developers will not be forced to integrate every single aspect of Xbox Live in their games.

Microsoft spoke with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the announcement to simply state: "Our goal is to unite the two billion gamers", Microsoft CVP of Gaming Cloud Kareem Choudhry said.

Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made past year.

"If you've watched us for the past few years, we've taken a very inclusive approach".

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

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