Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Smartphones and the Nintendo Switch

Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Smartphones and the Nintendo Switch

Now, though, the company is looking to spread the platform further. The platform is now a one-stop-shop for multiplayer gaming on Xbox; it enables multiplayer in most games, offers leaderboards, and provides various social tools as well. Most famous of these is Minecraft, which requires players to use an Xbox Live login on Android, iOS, and Switch. This will allow developers to incorporate Xbox Live's suite of game achievements, matchmaking, social systems and more in their games and devices.

Alright, keep this on the downlow and the hush-hush, but the word on the street with all the cool kids is that Microsoft are planning to launch Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch, alongside iOS and Android mobile platforms.

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

While Minecraft players do now have the ability to log into Xbox Live on Switch, this new implementation will seemingly allow games to incorporate more features, like Achievements and Friend Lists. Microsoft already has Xbox Live logins required for Minecraft on Android, along with a few other choice titles on PC.

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Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Almost half a billion devices isn't anything to sneeze at, but quadrupling that number to reach 2 billion devices by supporting additional devices would make Xbox Live the most expansive platform around. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

It wasn't immediately clear from the session description when consumers could expect to see the functionality in the wild, and Microsoft representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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