Microsoft has announced that it is getting ready to release an important software development kit (SDK) that will allow game developers to integrate Xbox Live into any titles that run across PC, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Microsoft will likely announce its cross-platform Xbox Live next month which was spotted by Windows Central at a GDC session!
Only a few android and iOS games have Xbox Live Achievements, but they’re only enabled in titles from Microsoft Studios and there’s not many of them available right now. Microsoft describes this new push as much bigger. “Xbox Live is expanding from 400 million gaming devices and a reach to over 68 million active players to over 2 billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform SDK,” says the GDC listing. THE PLAN FOR XBOX LIVE TO BE CROSS PLATFORM IS MICROSOFT’S BIGGER PUSH FOR GAMING!
As its an SDK which will help Microsoft to reach 2 billion devices, it’s pretty important and a really large scale plan to strengthen Microsoft’s market share. if Such a plan is successful, Sony would be forced to join in on the cross platform Xbox Live very soon!!
Xbox Live cross-platform will allow developers to integrate our friends lists, multiplayer functionality, and achievements into existing mobile games even on rival consoles such as the nintendo switch. It’s an important part of Microsoft’s new gaming mission to reach outside of its traditional PC and Xbox markets, and bring software, services, and games to players on rival platforms which are Android, iOS and Nintendo. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud game streaming service that will stream Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices later this year.
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, is yet another feature the company is working on which will allow the users with a subscription to gain access to games no matter where you intend to play them. If Microsoft can convince developers to allow it to handle the social and multiplayer aspects of games, then the subscription for Xbox Game Pass will be a lot more promising to all the gamers divided by consoles and mobile devices.
There has been no talk about whether the cross platform Xbox Live will be available on Sony’s PlayStation lineup. Sony has been major competitor for Microsoft. Whether Sony has declined Microsoft’s offer on this cross platform Xbox Live or Microsoft just didn’t reach out to them! As Sony’s PS4 has been the go-to choice for the console gamers, Cross Platform Xbox live, Xbox Game Pass and Xcloud look very promsing and could boost Xbox’s shares quite significantly. More details and plans will come out at the Game Developers Conference next month on March 18th 2019.