Microsoft Announces Xbox Live for Android and iOS

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

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

The new Microsoft Game Stack unites services such as Xbox Live, Azure, Visual Studio and PlayFab, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired past year. Using the Xbox Live SDK that is being offered as part of the initiative will allow developers to use achievements, Gamerscore, "hero" stats, and other Xbox Live features in their Android and iOS games.

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Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers. Developers will be able to pick and choose which Xbox Live features they want to integrate, with the entire process being enabled through a single sign-in to a Microsoft Account. 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. That includes includes a trusted identity network based on Microsoft accounts, a frictionless integration for developers (Xbox Live-enabled games were notoriously hard to develop in the Windows 8/Windows Phone era due to Microsoft's strict guidelines), as well as many ways to keep mobile gamers engaged with achievements, crossplay, and more. Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief, issued the following statement. At the moment, however, there's no sign of Xbox Live for Switch as yet. "If you watch what we've done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we've taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible".

A couple of weeks ago, we learned from an upcoming Microsoft session at the Game Developers Conference that Microsoft was planning a major expansion of its Xbox Live gaming network. The company did not have any announcements related to Nintendo Switch as well.

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