Microsoft Wants Xbox Live on iOS, Android, and Even Nintendo Switch

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According to a new report from Windows Central, a session description from the 2019 Game Developers Conference seems to have blown a big upcoming Microsoft reveal: Xbox Live is heading to mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch. Cross-platform play between consoles, PCs and even phones has been a growing trend in online gaming, with Microsoft in part blazing the trail particularly with partnerships bringing Minecraft to iOS, Android and even Nintendo Switch. Microsoft has increasingly been seeking to make its apps and services work across a variety of platforms, including those that the company has traditionally considered rivals.

This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms.

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Xbox Live has always been a fixture of the Xbox and Windows space, but it looks like Microsoft has its sights on making the service even more widely available. Sony eventually relented specifically for Fortnite, but notice how Microsoft failed to mention PlayStation in its Xbox Live plans? Players could even restart select games on one platform at the point where they left off on another. " Playfab is a company which develops backend gaming services which Microsoft purchased previous year".

Microsoft has had past success in sharing their titles across platforms, with a definitive example being the availability of Minecraft on the Switch. On the surface this allows for the implementation of cross-platform stats and achievements, as well as cross-play, but there's likely more to it than that. It's going to be a tough sell when competing services like Play Games, Game Center, and Facebook are already available on mobile. No other console makers has allowed this kind of cross-platform support. We won't have to wait much longer to hear the details, as GDC takes place March 18-22 at San Francisco's Moscone Centre.