Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

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

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

"Under Game Stack, Xbox Live will expand its cross-platform capabilities, as we introduce a new SDK that brings this community to iOS and Android devices". On Nintendo Switch, the Bedrock version of Minecraft also uses Xbox Live to enable crossplay with other platforms.

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 a year ago.

The migration of Xbox Live to new platforms has officially begun, as Microsoft announced Thursday that it will launch a new software development kit (SDK) for developers to include Xbox Live functionality in their mobile games on iOS and Android. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

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Today, Microsoft unveiled a suite of new tools for game developers under a new Azure product called GameStack, bringing together live ops systems for service-type games such as PlayFab, middleware engines like Simplygon and Havok, as well as new features like PlayFab UGC, which allows developers to set up user-generated content storefronts similar to that seen in Minecraft. 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.

As reported by The Verge, that means mobile devs will be able to imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings. Bringing Xbox Live to mobile games should probably have happened much earlier, and we've actually been hearing that it was coming since 2014.

Speaking about the new initiative at a media briefing this week, Microsoft's cloud gaming chief Kareem Choudhry said the tech giant has ambitions of uniting players around the world - irrespective of their platform of choice.

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